You passed away so young, before I could tell you all of the things I needed to say. I love you so much Dad, I should’ve told you every day.
I should’ve told you that you were a great dad. You raised four daughters on your own and I never heard you complain. You were involved, and dedicated, and playful. You were honestly the best dad a girl could ask for.
I should’ve told you that you were the strongest man I’d ever known. You built houses, rock walls, and gardens. You restored old cars and taught us to change tires, spark plugs, and oil. You protected us from bad influences and boys for as long as you possibly could.
I should’ve told you that I appreciate the childhood you gave me. It was a life that many kids could only dream of, filled with freedom on a huge piece of land, animals to play with, and room to run.
You led the way to great outdoor adventures, catching pollywogs and burning bonfires, riding waves and fishing off the ocean pier until we were burnt from the summer sun.
I should’ve told you that you set a great example in working hard for what you have. You were just a blue collar guy with the skills of a master craftsman; you worked with your hands, you never took handouts, and you would give anyone the shirt off your back, even if they didn’t really deserve it.
I should’ve told you that it was okay to be an imperfect man, and an imperfect dad, and that I loved you anyway.
I sit here thinking of all the things I should’ve told you when you were here, and I can’t help but think of all the things I still wish I could tell you today.
I wish I could tell you that I met a man and fell in love. Your example of kindness and generosity helped me choose someone who was worth my time. I wish you could be here to meet him. He is sweet but strong, just like you. He makes me happy, and you would be so proud of the life we have built together.
I wish I could tell you that we had a healthy baby girl. Your example of dedication and love has helped me to give her everything that she needs. I wish you could be here to meet her. She is happy and chunky and looks just like my baby pictures (but with hair!) She makes my life so complete; chaotic, but complete.
Everything I have become, I owe to you and the love that you showed me. I should’ve told you every day…but I thank God you’re resting in peace now, and we’ll see you in paradise someday.