I cannot believe that it has been 7 entire years. There was once a moment when I did not know how I was going to be able to go on without you being present on this earth. There was a time that I was not able to function and chose to dwell in my own sadness. Those were the early days when my guilt and grief conflicted far too often to even be able to fully function. I miss you and the days have gotten easier. My heart is full of you more than not but I can maint my composure but there are still moments where my heart is full and broken and allI want to do is hear your voice, feel your strength and acknowledge that you were my hero. Your easy going demeanor, as it relates to me allowed me to think and hear my desires in a differnt way. The connection was one of the most beautiful things in the world. You allowed me to come to you upon a multitudes of subjects and just be and feel and then challenged me to think. It was never about you. You listened and passed no judgements. You allowed me to be for a moment even it was all in my emotions. You then asked questions that were open ended and told me to hear myself. I miss that from you.
While your departure gives me knowledge of great heartbreak, it has made me stronger in some ways. In these 7 years, I have been available to many that have lost their fathers. I have been given the right words and they heart to be there and available. There was a time that could not even imagine and I wish I couldnt feel their grief. It is the kind of pain that I do not wish on anyone yet it is ineveitable.
There are moments that I just wish and try to talk to you but I still get overwhelmed in emotions. I wonder and wish and then just break. There are times when I do not even allow myself to go into these moments because it is hard to come out. These are the moment when it is hard to breath and the shortness of breath holds me captive to my hurt. I miss you and even as a grown woman I need you. I need you so bad and I have such a hard time with that because I know it is not gonna happen. I wish you into my dreams just so that I can hear you voice and I hope you to be in the hallways to just see your face. That unbelievable eye contact that confirmed your love for me. Sometimes I stand in the mirror, not because I am vain but because these freckles in the mirror sometimes feel as if you are looking back at me. I was so in love with you. You are... or were... my first love.
Since you died, I feel men differently. In all honesty, there were moments where I thought that a man would feel some of your void but that was short lived. I developed a short toerance for BS and I would like to believe that you put that on me. I was so blessed to have you talk to me as if I was your son so to speak. You were, well seemingly comfortable with me coming to you upon my situations. You kept it real and though I didnt know it at the time you showed me how a man should love me. I always thought that you would be around and when you left love changed for me. I needed your guidance but I believe that you and the Most High sent him into my life. He is like you in many ways and I know you would have liked him. Thank you. I hurts now that you will never but I believe, wish and wonder what you had to do with the love that I have now. It warms my heart.
I was blessed to have a father that was my daddy. I never had to question or doubt your love for me. EVER. You were flawed and no, you were not perfect but the love you had for us was unquestionable. I miss you. I miss your life and all of our opportunities and potential. It is sometimes scares me that I cannot hear your voice. My mom has set aside some old VHS family videos that I am ready to watch. I need your voice again. I need to hear you. I am grateful to have that. There are times that I do not feel you and there are even times that I hate that you are gone. While I know that you will physically never come back I still hope, wish, wonder and pray you into my heart and dreams. I yearn to feel you, see you and hear you. I wish to hear you tell me you love me or you're proud of me. I wish you could see how awesome sissy's kids are. I wonder if you see me and truly see me.
Daddy, it has been 7 years and I am still here. Grateful fo you and still mourning you. I miss you. I need you I love you.
Loving you Forever and Ever,