Sunday, February 28, 2016

Remember This

Dearest girl,

I hope in my previous post I did not come off too critical. I did not mean to be - I just was trying to describe some of the challenges you (and you and I) are going through.  Hopefully if you are reading this from the vantage point of adulthood you got a wry chuckle out of it - which was my intent.

You are a good kid - a kind human being - and I am proud of you. Below is a picture of a Valentines card I gave you a few weeks ago. I thought very hard about it and went through several revisions because what I was trying to say is very important to me and I wanted so badly to get it right and for you to internalize it. Wanted it so badly that I'm reaching through time itself to give it to adult you again.
(Transcript follows).


Dearest girl,
Read carefully what is written here - it comes from the heart.

I love you.  I have made sooo many mistakes over the past 11 years that I wish I could go back and fix. But please believe that my mistakes were never ever the result of my not doing my very best for you (because I love you - duh)

I never knew I wanted to be a Dad till I became yours - and then I could not imagine ever wanting to be anything else. I've told you before - and it's true - that you are the best thing that ever happened in my life. There is nothing as important to me as you - nothing I enjoy seeing as much as your smile - and nothing I love hearing as much as your laugh. I love you. I love being your Dad. And I am so proud you are my daughter. Time changes most things, but it will not change this: as long as I am alive I will be there for you. 

I hope, dear girl, that you grow to have as much love, as much faith, as much belief, and as much pride in yourself as your old Dad has in you.

You're the best. Never forget it.

Love you -