I was a single mom for 17 years. My kid’s father is a heroin addict. I took the kids and left. It was challenging at times but we’ve had a good life. I’ve always told them that he chose a different path and we need to honor his choice the same as we honor our own choices.

They grew up and can see the truth for themselves and who he really is now. I’m sorry for that because they deserve better.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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