August 1, 1998
I'm angry you left me too soon. I'm going through a difficult
time in my life and you're not here to pick up the pieces.
Yet, while driving yesterday, I realized you left me with
all the tools I need to survive. I carry "Footprints"
in my wallet (the very same one you always carried with you).
We recite the Serenity Prayer in my group -- yet I already knew
it because you always had it hanging on your wall. "The
Man in the Glass" (your favorite), reminds me to always
be true to myself. "I cried cause I had no shoes until I
saw a man without any feet" eliminates all my self pity.
The song "Pal" you always sang when you thought I wasn't
listening reminds me that honesty and love are more important
than money. And when all else fails, I ask God. You taught me
when I can't find the answers to pray, and I'll find them through
You were a wise man and you taught all of use by example in
your own subtle way. You knew life wasn't easy so you left us
with everything we need to survive.
I was blessed with two beautiful children and I am trying
to subtly instill in them the values you taught me. Unfortunately,
I had to add a few of my own. I've had to teach them not to be
too trusting because most people are not trustworthy. I've taught
them that when people are mean, it's because they have problems
and are unhappy with themselves. Don't take it personally and
show compassion to those people. I try to set a good example
because the best lessons I learned in my life, I learned by watching
I'll always be grateful I had you in my life. You were the
most wonderful Dad. You are my inspiration and are and always
will be my hero.
Your Youngest Daughter,