Dear Dad

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Dear Dad,

Happy Father’s Day! I hope you had an amazing day.

I’m already tearing up a little bit as I try to find the words to say. Typical.

As usual, I’m hundreds of kilometres away on a day that is meant to celebrate you and the joy you bring to our lives. I’ll do my best to tell you how much you mean to me as I sit here wishing that I could just apparate to wherever you are to give you a big hug.

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(Photo by: Jennifer Morrissy)

If there is one person who has constantly made my dreams reality it is you. You’ve taken every crazy idea I’ve ever had and turned it into a memory that I will always hold onto. I was around 14 when I told you that I wanted to write a song asking Taylor Swift for tickets to her concert. Instead of telling me, “aw, that’s cute honey… you have great ideas!” you said, “alright, let’s make this happen” and a year later I found myself singing on live TV because you believed in my dreams. You made a little girl feel like a star by pulling me out of school for recording sessions and getting me on air.

When I was a few years older you proudly brought me to open mics on school nights and let me sing my songs to an audience of people that were at least 20 years older than me. You used your connections to get speakers and sound equipment so that my friends and I could perform at our own open mic every few weeks in high school, and spent Saturday afternoon’s with me recording and producing my songs.

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(Photo by: Jennifer Morrissy)

The opportunities you have given me have not filled my life with happy memories, they’ve also provided me with valuable life lessons. You taught me that my dreams can become a reality if I work hard enough. That my ideas, no matter how silly they may seem later on (and believe me sometimes 13 Reasons Why seems very silly), are worth believing in.

You always put 100% of your effort into making our lives special. We’ve been on so many memorable camping trips and vacations because of your dedication to our family. I will always cherish the memories I have, and can’t help but smile when I think of the many amazing memories that are to come.

I didn’t get a chance to mail you a card on time, but I hope this gives you an idea of what I might have said.

I love you so much, and miss you every day.

Your “beloved princess child”

Rosy

“My Rosy Life” by Damian Morrissy

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