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.
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