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Letters to My Fathers

19 Jun

To my Biological Father,

file0001649551585My first flight. The bottle of perfume–to take home to mom. That walking puppet. The clearest water I’ve ever seen. The memories are few, but enduring. I’ll never forget my childhood trip to the Virgin Islands to visit you.

The thing I remember most is that you wanted to spend time with me.

the new babies 527_peThough we’ve only met a few times since then, I think of you often and gaze at your pictures frequently. Pictures of us when I was young, and pictures of you now, with my half-sisters. You know what I’ve noticed about those young ladies? They smile a lot. They’re raising their own children now, and those children are happy, too. That doesn’t just happen. You’ve provided for your daughters and loved them well. They’re beautiful, kind individuals. They’ve even reached out to me on social media. That tells me you did lots right. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

To my Adopted Dad,

There’s something special about you. You adopted three girls and called them your own. Even when you and mom parted ways, you still had room in your heart for me.

I love coming home to the farm. I love spending time with you. You never slow down! You have hay to bale, wood to cut, horses to feed, and garden to plow, but you still stop working and head to the porch rocking chair when I arrive.

When I have a question, you give wise advice. You care about the things that concern me. There’s no topic I couldn’t speak with you about. Except, maybe, all the times I failed you as a daughter. But if I had the courage to mention that, you’d listen wholeheartedly, and love me just the same.

For all the years of love, discipline, and care, thank you. I love you so much. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Jericha Kingston, Parenting

 

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6 responses to “Letters to My Fathers

  1. Pegg Thomas

    June 19, 2015 at 6:58 am

    You are so blessed to have these two men in your life, even if one is only via social media.

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  2. Kara (@KaraHunt2015)

    June 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

    The only thing better than having one dad? Having two! Beautiful letters, Jericha!

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    • jerichakingston

      June 19, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Indeed, Kara! Thanks so much 🙂

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  3. jerichakingston

    June 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Yes I am, Pegg. How well I know. I’m so thankful.

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  4. Robin Patchen

    June 19, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Beautiful. I’m feeling inspired to write a letter to my dad.

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    • jerichakingston

      June 19, 2015 at 9:29 am

      I’m glad, Robin! I trust it will be a blessing to him and to you 🙂

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