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This blog started out with "about me" in the title. My whole life has been "about me". I hope that the entries that I make will be about the Spirit and how He has changed my life because it has always been about Him and how He works through us.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My Dad

As most of you know I didn't have a very good relationship with my Dad during my teen years. I am not going to go into the specifics of our relationship but I guess any teenage boy can sit and write about all the "bad" things their Dads did to them. Lets just say I was a typical teenage boy.
After my Moms death and much Prayer I decided that I needed to make ammends to my Dad because I didn't know how long he would be around and I wanted him to know that I loved him. I wrote him a letter after Moms funeral and this is what he wrote me back:

Letter from my Dad
( date is unknown, but it was after the family re-union in 2000)

Just a few lines to thank you for the money you sent me and the card that I received from you telling me how proud you were of me and that made me the happiest man on earth. I am saving the card for the rest of my life and I would not take a million dollars for it. I am so proud of you that you are my son. I always proud and love you very much and you know how hard it is to raise 10 children. I want you to tell Jean that I am so happy that she my daughter in law and I love her very much.
I am not very good at letter writing and I hope you can read it.
I don’t know a lot about your family but tell my grandchildren and great grandchildren that I love all of them.

Well, I don’t know what else to say=Just to say that you made me a very happy Dad and very happy to have a son like you.

I love your family
Love your wife
And I love you with
All of heart.
Happy Dad

Needless to say, I cried when I first read this letter and now that he's gone I cry every time a read it...I am crying right now. I thank God for giving me the insight to write my Dad that final letter. I have his letter framed and in my den. And like he wrote "I will save it for the rest of my life and wouldn't take a million dollars for it".


Chris said...

Oh Dad, you should be so proud that you were able to get this letter from him. I know he was a man of few (nice) words, and your letter must have meant a lot to him, as his does to you.
Thanks for sharing this. Love you.

Peace is every step said...

Wow, that took alot of courage on your part to set aside all the hurt and be the better person. How easy it would be to go the other route and have him leave this world hurting. Love you!

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful letter-It is always easier to write your thoughts and feelings down on paper vs. telling you in person and I am sure this was easier to express for him on paper. It is great to have this final cherished memory of him to focus on instead of the bad memories. Love you.....

The Daily Rhythm said...

I agree with what everyone else has said.It's often so much easier to just hold a grudge, but then you can never move forward in your life if you do.
What a great letter!