This is a post from last year, but one I thought worthy of posting again. So many of
you left comments, and sent emails, letting me know that this letter touched you in
I have read this letter many times over the last year and it has helped me realize
what is important in life.
I am happy to say I have kept my promise.
Originally Posted 1/13
Happy New Year
I found this sweet letter on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you.
Letter from a Father to a Daughter:
“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter. “
When things get difficult I go back to read this letter and realize any sacrifices I make are
nothing compared to those my dad made for me.
Dad, I wonder when I was a teenager if you made the same promise to
to be patient with me. Lord knows, I tested your patience every chance I got!
My life is filled with many blessings. Thank you for your friendship, encouragement
and support throughout 2012.
Sending you wishes for a New Year filled with joy, peace and happiness.
Are you making a resolution for 2013?