I plan to be here on your birthdays for many decades to come. I expect to embarrass you when you’re a teen (not on purpose… well, not much), and if you chose, I’ll give you away at your wedding.
So why am I putting this into writing and making a paper copy to be put away for that future you? There’s something nice about letters, a permanency that is getting lost in today’s electronic world.
The 3 year old you are today would laugh and say, “Daddy you being so silly!” Maybe; and I pray you live in blissful ignorance of the true impermanence of things for a very long time to come.
I’m writing and putting this away to be given to you on a day when your daddy is no longer there to tell you this in person. What follows is short and sweet; not words of wisdom, but words of love.
For you see, I never knew how much a person could love another until I met you, Pumpkin. I heard people say things like that before you were born, but I didn’t know if it was true. It is true.
No child has ever been more wanted or loved than you. No child has ever generated as much joy, pride and happiness as you do daily. You have always made me so very happy, Sweetheart.
You fill my life with meaning and purpose. You have changed me completely. I was a good man before you were born, but now I’m so much more than that. I’m your daddy.
And if you are reading this (hopefully at some very distant point in the future) when I am no longer there to hold you and tell you in person… I’m putting this on paper: I LOVE YOU.
I have always loved you, and I will always love you. Inside of you a piece of me lives on. Touch your chest above your heart and in its beat you will hear, “I love you, I love you, I love you…”
I am so sorry something has caused me to leave you, but know that I never wanted to go. I mentioned earlier that things are impermanent, but there is one thing that’s not. And that is love.
Today, always and forever, Sweetheart, your daddy loves you.