|You told me about the three bears almost every night before bed.
You taught me to love unconditionally and to always keep a level head.
You always said "Do as I say, but don't do as I do."
You worked hard and long hours, not once ever thinking about you.
I grew up and moved away that's how the story goes.
It seems like all children grow up too fast, right under their parent's nose.
I thought that I knew everything about the world out there.
I went along my life's path on no more than a wing and a prayer.
Then one day I became an adult when I looked in my own child's eyes.
Then everything was clear to me and the real world was a big surprise.
It was then that I realized how much I had put you through.
And I sat and wrote a letter to make an apology to you.
Through unselfish, loving words you replied back to me.
You said no matter what I do in life, you would always love me.
You have done so many things in your life these last few years.
Your strong will and determination have conquered all your past fears.
Recently I thought that I might just lose you for the rest of this life.
You were put to the test and came right through all the struggle and the strife.
You have inspired me to make a better life at an earlier age than you.
You have made some positive changes that I thought were impossible to do.
So I want to thank you, Dad, not only for loving me.
But for giving me the hope and courage to be all I can be.
You taught me so much in this life with your strength and loving ways.
I'm just glad I have such a great Dad to love for the rest of my days.
by Julie Desaire