……Verity thinks that she can walk back into my life after 4 1/2 years and say “Hi Dad, I’m back, can I have my flat now please”, she is sorely mistaken.
Of course I love Verity and that love will always be there; it was burned into me as soon as she was put in my arms, minutes after birth.
But there is another issue; trust. After all that has happened, I do not trust Verity anymore and that is a very sad statement to have to make.
It is understandable as she falsely accused me of abusing and hurting her, culminating in a very horrible part of my life. If I had not worked so hard to prove my innocence, I would not be writing this now, I would be in prison.
Trust, as they say, has to be earned, not given and not only does Verity have to earn my trust but she has to earn my respect.
Like any sole parent, Verity has “played me” in the past and, as a result, I have made mistakes but she will never play me again.
This earning of trust and respect will not happen overnight; it will happen over a relatively long period of time.
If Verity thinks that I will get her a flat and that will give her the green light to be irresponsible and trash it, as she has trashed rooms in my houses before, she is oh so very wrong.
One learns from one’s mistakes, I have learned from mine.
I will keep to my word, as I have sworn it on my mother’s and Liesel’s life but she has to prove herself to me.
Let’s see if Verity has really changed or is it going to be a facade?