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Happy Birthday Dad, Issue 3

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This is a yearly series that I write to honor the memory of my dad. It’s a stream of consciousness that chronicles any emotions that I would share with my daddy if he were still here today.

Dear Daddy,

Another year, another birthday. This year would’ve been 70 years. 70 years of glory, love, and blessings. Unfortunately, it’s just another year without you and probably one of the hardest yet.

It’s funny how life works. I always would share with you that I also never wanted kids. Well surprise, David and I are expecting! I think our new little girl’s impending arrival is what makes this birthday the hardest out of them all. From the age of 10, I had a front row seat to your greatness as “papa.” Seven grandchildren could not get enough of your laugh, smile, and gentle hands rocking them to sleep.

What pains me with this birthday is that I know that my little one will never get to experience the love that you would share with her if you were still here. I can promise you that as she gets older, I will let her know how much you will always mean to me. She’s lucky that she has a daddy that is going to cherish her as much as you cherished me. You would be so proud seeing David come into his own right now in his role as daddy. The way he soothes her next to my growing belly nearly brings tears to my eyes every time.

For the first time in a long time, I was able to listen to your music without any tears. This is huge for me and I’ve even begun to let our wee lil unicorn listen. She’ll know your voice very well by the time she is old enough to understand your impact.

Life has continued and you are missed dearly every day. I love you and happy birthday!

Until we meet again –

Tingy Wop

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  • Reply Nan Walvoord

    So sweet!!! I loved your Dad and know how much he means to you and how much you loved each other. Celebrating the day of your birthday…70 years ago.

    April 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Claire

    Your dad raised a great girl who has made him proud. Love you.

    April 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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