To My Dear Daddy in Heaven

to my dear daddy in heaven

To My Dear Daddy in Heaven

This year there won’t be some silly Father’s day gift given to you. There will be no hugs, kisses and calls.  No more of those family stories that you love to tell so much. In fact Daddy, there will only be tears as we remember the great man that you were here on Earth.

Daddy I hope that I was the daughter that you wanted me to be. I hope that I never disappointed you or ever made you feel ashamed that I was your daughter. I was always proud to be your daughter. I can remember when you would come home late, and I because I wasn’t in school yet stayed up late to eat dinner with you. I remember driving around with you when you drove the oil truck as a side job.

To many you were a hero, fighting for our country as a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps but to me you were a hero because you were my dad. I loved how you were able to separate the horrors you must have seen and heard from Vietnam and to separate those visions and put them away so they did not affect my sisters or me. Even until your death you were fighting to make sure Veterans were given the respect that they were due.

Dad this year as you celebrate your first Father’s Day in Heaven with my sweet sister Karen (who after 20 years finally gets you all to herself.) I hope you have tons ice cream if there is ice cream there. I also  take great comfort in the fact that you are with two of your father figures, Uncle Herman and Grandpa Burroughs.

I know you could have been a different dad after yours abandoned your mom (My Gramma Greene) and your 5 other siblings and having to move into a house with your Grandparents (my great grandparents Grandma and Grandpa Burroughs) you could have been harsh on us. You could have been an absentee dad and no one would have blamed you. But instead you embraced fatherhood. You were and will always be my hero.

I want to thank you for being the awesome Grampie you were to my girls. Even now we still talk about you as you are never far from our thoughts.

Hope that this your First Father’s Day in Heaven is blessed with many fond memories of all the days we shared together. Miss you my sweet  daddy and hope that one day I will see again.


Your Youngest Daughter

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  1. Losing a parent is one of the hardest things I think we endure in our lifetimes. We are never really ready to let go of that bond. I’m certain your Dad is proudly looking down on you and your family and loving you more than ever. 🙂

  2. Thinking about you today.. Just reading your post reminded me of how precious life is and to never take anything for granted.
    Your father sounds like an amazing man. So sorry for your loss.

  3. I almost cried reading this. I can’t even imagine how hard yesterday was for you. HUGS!

  4. It’s hard celebrating certain events when a loved one is gone. I sure missed my dad yesterday.

  5. What a beautiful way to honor your dad on Father’s Day. So heart warming and touching. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. I am sorry for your loss. My father passed away in January. We did not have a good relationship, his choice. Father’s Day gave a new meaning this year – super sad one.

  7. Thank you. It was probably one of the hardest post that I had to write.

  8. He was an amazing man, not perfect but still. Yes never take anything for granted.

  9. I am so sorry. This is one of my worst fears, but it’s inevitable.

  10. Wow. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s tough. I still have a rough time on mothers day without my mom around. I wish I could say it gets much easier! Hugs to you!

  11. What a touching post. What a special Dad to have had in your life. I lost my Dad when my son was just about to turn five. So heart breaking.

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss 🙁 it’s not easy losing those we love, I lost my dad 15 yrs ago and my mom 10 yrs ago, I miss them both every day. I bet your dad is looking down at you and smiling!

  13. I cannot imagine what it’s like to lose a Father. I’m so close with my Dad and it would be so hard. This post tuly touched my heart .

  14. I can’t imagine what it is like to lose your father. My husband’s dad passed away before I ever got to meet him and it’s heartbreaking.

  15. What a lovely letter to your father. My father in law passed a few months ago and this was my husbands first father’s day without him. I can’t imagine how difficult it is.

  16. So sorry to hear of your loss, Melissa. While I know this Father’s Day must have been hard, it is so good that you have great memories and that your father left a lasting legacy for your family. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful yet difficult post with us this week. As always, it’s wonderful to co-host the #HomeMattersParty with you.

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