An open letter to my dad: To the man who loved us unashamedly in a culture where men showed little to no feelings.
Most people credit their mothers for everything they ever had, their success, and their entire lives; and rightly so I’m a mother now and I realize why. However, this note is for you.
Growing up in a society where money defined a lot of people, your love defined us.
In a culture where machismo was prevalent, you showed us what really makes a man.
You took care of us without complaint, even when it was difficult
You sacrificed in every way all that could have come your way.
You showed us your heart, you showed us your strength
And during the hard times, and it seemed like there were many of them
We saw your worries, we saw your pains, and we saw your struggles
Daddy, we saw your heart
You didn’t pretend, but you didn’t give up
And when it seemed all came crashing down
We felt your tears coming down with ours
Yet you raised your head up, and helped us pull through
You have served us with all that you have
You have given us all that you have, but amazingly you still keep giving
It must be told that you have raised healthy children
Who appreciate you more than they can show
It must be said that you are one of a kind
A fine role model and a symbol to emulate
We love you dad with all our hearts
We love you dad with all our minds
We love you dad and that is no lie
Simply put daddy we love you
Your letters and gifts are always a delight
We are all so proud to be your children
Because we know you love us without reservations
To a generation yet to come let it be told
That you dad
You are our hero
Let it be told dad
That you are our friend
Because you love us unashamedly
In the good and bad
You continue to love us without restraint
You continue to love us without fear
This one is for you dad- Our Father and Friend.
* I wrote this for my dad last year and gave it to him for father’s day…with his permission and because I have written something new for him this year I share this.
My dad always ended his many letters to us his children like this “Your Father, Your Friend.” He was that to us. If you know my dad, you will know what I am writing about. He is a rare one, humble, kind, gentle, strict, silly, loving, intelligent, and ever generous. I love him with my whole heart, and even at this age I remain his little girl.
My dad is a good man, and deserves all the great things that God has in store for him.
I have met many men and fathers, but the honest truth is my dad is one of a kind…his presence speaks love…his eyes show love…and his actions prove them.* HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADDY!!!