“I need you to listen to me, 'cause it might be the last time I ever get to talk to you. I haven't been a good enough father. You're fourteen. You have no idea how terrifying that is. So I've tried to control what you do and who you see, because I wanted to keep you safe, and I wanted you to go off to school and get a good job and maybe someday... fall in love, and ask me to walk you down the aisle. I'm still your dad, and it's my job to look out for you. But I haven't been a good listener. I know you can hear me. And I'm not asking you to say anything. I just want you to know that I understand that I... I can't control everything. But I need the last words you hear me say...to be that I love you.”

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