Meet Stephen James Fountaine: Professional liar, thief, and absconder of the law.
Now the unfortuniate fact is this SOB is my biological father. To understand why I drive so hard for a father to “own up”, I must start at the beginning….
Late 70′s… My Mother is 21 years old, in the Army, pregnant, and married to my dad Stephen, who is also in the Army. One day, dear old dad decides he doesn’t like the way my 6 to 7 month pregnant mother’s bean soup tasted, so he decided to show his disapproval by kicking her belly, causing her to go into labor with me way too early.
What a way for a mom and daughter to meet… under the act of violence by the hand of the father.
Flash forward 4 years. It’s the 80′s.
Mom and Dad are divorced. Dad bailed, leaving my mom with a huge debt she didn’t create, and alone with a child.
My dad cons people for money, claiming his sweet daughter has died and he has no money to pay for a burial. Then, he vanishes for years, popping up once when he landed himself in jail for a number of outstanding issues.
The hardships and traumas my mom had already experienced in those short four years would have killed a lesser person.
She survived being raped while I slept in the next room. She survived a break in to our home, while a naked masked man held her and threatened to kill her 3 year old child (me) who was crying next to her.
Where was the man who called himself my father? Why wasn’t he there to protect me and my mom?
Crazy as it sounds, despite all that is thrown at her she still manages to be a strong and wonderful mom who never gives up.
Thank you for teaching me early that if you fall down and get hurt…………………………
Pick yourself back up and try again…:)
My mom made every single birthday special. Christmas day was never a disappointment. I was, and am, loved by the most amazing woman in the world.
My mom and I have had our ups and downs in our relationship, as do most mothers and daughters. Now, as an adult, I can truly see my mom for the woman she is, and be grateful to her for all her sacrifices. I am lucky that the woman who gave me life is such a fighter.
I want to thank my mom. Without you, I wouldn’t have the courage to create Saudi Children Left Behind.
To Stephen Fountaine: Thank you for never sending me a card, even on my birthday…. CHUMP!!!!
We made it with out you!!!!