In Real Dad, ASHLEY talks to her Father about his alcohol addiction and how she wishes he would quit drinking and start a new chapter in his life.
ASHLEY: Dad, can I talk to you about something?…I don’t know how to put this exactly, but I’m wondering if maybe you could listen to me this time.
You know I love you and, do you remember that you gave up smoking when I asked you to? Well, I want you to stop drinking now. Listen, please don’t just look away…this is important, you are changing Dad, I don’t like the person you are becoming, I want my real Dad back. You know, the Dad who is charming, sensitive, kind and loving. The one who can pick up his guitar again and play better than most guitarists out there today…you’re a great man, Dad. I want you to give your life the importance it deserves, to give us, your family, the importance we deserve. We understand that you work hard and we don’t take it for granted. But, when you drink, you become this aggravated, selfish, rude person…you lack charm, patience, you lack all the great things about you.
Just because you are in your sixties, it doesn’t mean that life can’t begin again for you, every day is a chance for a new beginning, for all of us. None of us will ever know when our last day on earth will be, that’s why I want you to change, now…give it up Dad, give up drinking, please.