Daddy

Today is your birthday.

You have been gone for almost a year. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I thought we had time.

I thought we had time to heal wounds and make amends and love and live. I was wrong.

I am glad you are no longer hurting. I am glad you are free from all of the chains that held you, free from your pain.

I am thankful that you taught me things I never got a chance to thank you for. You taught me curiosity about the world around me. You taught me that learning is a light that should never flicker out. You taught me to laugh deep and to laugh hard. You taught me to read voraciously. You taught me to love soulful music. You taught me that love doesn't really leave. You taught me to believe in second chances. You taught me the value of a beautiful watch.

You taught me more than you probably realized.

Happy Birthday.

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