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“Son, I have something to tell you….”

When you’re a teenager, there are eight words that you never want to hear:

“Son/daughter, there’s something I want to tell you.”

Yikes, just typing the words makes my heart race! I swear I didn’t do anything wrong, dad! Please don’t ask me about what’s under my bed, or give me “the talk,” or… oh no… please don’t tell me about your hidden past!

That’s what happened to Japanese Twitter artist @cota0572 when he was a teen, but rather than leave the memory locked away in the depths of his mind, he made a comic about it, which you can read here: (Translations below each comic.)

▼ “When I was 18, my dad confessed this to me. I figured I might as well make a comic out of it. It’s okay to talk about now!”

dad confession 01

“My Dad’s Confession”
Dad: “Son, there’s something I want to tell you.”
Me: “Uh, I’ve got a test tomorrow, so I’m kind of busy. What is it?”

Dad: “I’ve been in a gay porn before.”
*Falls out of chair*

Me: “Uh, what? You mean, like when you were young?”
Dad: “It was five years ago.”
Me: “That’s pretty recent!”

Me: “Well, uh, thanks for coming out of the closet to me then?”
Dad: “…it began on a winter day…”
Me: “You’re going to tell me the details?!”

dad confession 02

Me: “I don’t really want to, but I’ll listen….”
Dad: “I needed money badly.”

At that time…
Dad: “Oh!”

…I saw an ad in the newspaper.
Wanted – Middle-Aged Man for Short-Term Job

Dad: “I called them and ran over to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel.”

dad confession 03

When I went into the room inside the nice hotel, this is what I heard:
Man: “So… do you like guys?”

Dad: “I replied, ‘No, I like boobs.'”
Me: “…”

Man: “What a waste.”
He said that, but then started making preparations anyway.

It wasn’t a video where I had to perform with other men;
I had a solo role.

dad confession 04

Dad: “And then I had to get my ‘magic wand’ to stand up straight.”
Me: “Oh my god don’t call it that!”

Dad: “And when the staff caught sight of my ‘magic wand,’ it was clear that they liked what they saw.”

Dad: “That caused my ‘magic wand’ to lose its magic and go limp. I got nervous.”

Dad: “So to help me out, one of the staff gave me some lube.”
Man: “Okay, use this and you’ll be okay.”

dad confession 05

Dad: “But that just started a whole ‘magic wand’ party, and two big guys tried to help me bring back my magic.”

Dad: “It didn’t do anything. The lube was useless.”
Me: “I don’t think it’s the lube’s fault….”

Dad: “So then the staff gave up and gave me some porn mags with women in them, as if they were saying: ‘Here’s those boobs you like so much!'”

Dad: “And I managed to make ‘the magic’ happen. I got 50,000 yen (US$440).”
Me: “Wow, making money can be tough.”

dad confession 06

Me: “So what did you use that money on? To help pay when we moved from Okinawa to Tokyo?”
Dad: “Yeah, a little bit.”

Dad: “But five years ago… in Shibuya… do you remember that big spaghetti dinner we had together as a family?”

Me: “Wow Dad, this is great!”
Dad: “Haha, eat up!”

Me: “Y-y-you don’t mean….”
Dad: “Yup.”

dad confession 07

Dad: “I sold the shirt off my back for my family.”
Me: “Yeah, really….”

Dad: “Well, that’s all I wanted to say. You have a test tomorrow, right? Study hard.”
*Door closes*

dad confession 08

Me: “I have to stop thinking about this!”

Me: “I wonder if Mom knows about this…. Dad doing that for his family….”

Fin.

Wooh, that ending! Dad laid a whole lot on that kid, but it had apparently been cooking inside his brain for years up until it finally all came out. It’s quite the poignant reminder of the sacrifices that parents make for their kids.

In the mood for some more Twitter-feels? Check out these comics about office-lady life in Japan, or one woman’s story about how her dad taught her in a very unique way how to handle her alcohol. Be sure to have some cute animal pictures queued up in another tab though; you may need them after reading those!

Source: Twitter/@cota0572 (1, 2, 3, 4)
Featured/top image: Twitter/@cota0572