Months ago, I read an article written by a father to their daughter on his lessons and message on navigating life. I thought it was sweet so I shared the link to my father and asked him if he can write a similar article (he’s a crazy good writer). His response was “but i’ve never been around when you were growing up”. I felt sad but said then you can write about whatever shared memories we have!
Since today is his 68th birthday, I thought maybe I’ll be the one to write for him instead!
To my dearest father 1,394 km away
On your 68th birthday I have some words to say
Last week we cheered with an “unbirthday” cake
Today sharing a message is how we celebrate
Remember in grade school when I got interested in writing?
The next day you bought me books you said for my reading
Today I still do what you taught me
Read to learn, understand and see
While sometimes you can be very stubborn
Listening to other people’s views is your norm
Many times I don’t understand how you prioritize
But whatever makes you happy I can oblige
You like to tinker with new things you bump into
Often nonsense, sometimes useful too
You like to explore new places or corners around
You’re already a senior with curiosity still unbound
What I truly admire the most that clings
You see the fun and humor in the tiny mundane happenings
From the documentaries you watch
To the little things your cats catch
To make people laugh is your kind nature
Sharing your fun stories you enjoy for sure
Even when your kids are away,
We love you pa, happy birthday!