How can my father still love me even though I did terrible things long ago?

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I got arrested at the age of 10 for serious things. Then I tried lying my way out by blaming it all on my friend (she did those thing too but I was the ringleader) and telling my father they're lying.

It didn't work and I broke down, threwing myself at my father for comfort. During the 5-6 years locked up at a mental health institute, my father continued his visits and tried fighting my case for an earlier release. He kept saying it was both my mother's (I was 3 when they divorced) fault and his too.

I was described as an unemotional child, manipulative with adults, aggressive tendency, cruelty to other kids and pets, etc. My father had to read and listen all that. Yet he believed I would get healed and still loves me. I was a shitty child and even crazy... how can he still love me?
How can my father still love me even though I did terrible things long ago?
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