Hi Dad. It's your youngest, me, Anni! I just thought I'd drop you a line or two to let you know even after all these years since your passing, I still miss you. Your antics, your jokes, your smiles and your wonderful outlook on life was always something I looked forward to with our visits. You managed to keep us kids all in line and teaching us to enjoy the things we had and never once covet those who had more. Your strong will was our strength!
Bud and I, as you probably know somehow, are now living in Texas. And I think oftentimes how you'd love to be with us and do the work in our yard. I just know you'd have the lawn manicured to perfection and the roses would be saucer sized. You had a knack for gardening. It rubbed off onto me, but I don't think I could hold a candle to your expertise. Oh ya, I know how you detested the humidity. It's strong right now, thick as pea soup you'd say. Trust me, it's like stepping into a sauna 'bout now once the door is open and making your way around town. But we could always hook up the boat on the bumper hitch and drive a few minutes and the two of us could load the gear into the boat, start up the motor, skim over the water out into the bay, and pop open the cooler and just sit, laze around the whole day and fish!! Remember all the long weekends how we'd go fishing and camping? Those memories are with me forever. If we don't catch anything, we could catch up on all the years we've not been together. We could talk about mom and your love for each other. I miss her terribly too. We could talk about Dillon and his love of the game of chess. He's quite good y'know. In fact he's been to several local, state, and national tournaments. Irene is doing well. She keeps herself busy with work and the boys. Clint is happy, working. He adores his mom, Irene. Erik is teaching at the college level now and also into real estate. There has been so much violence at the Texas Colleges these days, I fear for his life sometimes. But he too is strong and continues to strive. He's working on a PhD in Political Science now. Bud, of course, he misses you too. The two of you got along so well, it was always, from day one, like you two were blood related!!
Well, I best get to the man in my life. I miss you dad. And when you get a chance, give mom a hug from me!!
with all my heart...
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
...a letter to my dad
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