Fathers Day: A Letter To My Dad

21 June 2009

With today being Father's Day in the United States, I am going to go off the beaten path here and do something a little different. As many of my regular readers know, my dad passed away on November 22nd of last year. So forgive me as I write this letter to my dad.

Dear Dad,

It's been a while, yet every passing day hasn't gotten easier. Despite the fact I knew the day was coming for the better part of two years, the grief still remains. The pain of things not said makes certain days more difficult than others. I know you'll never get the opportunity to read this letter, but I need to write this to you.

Our relationship was never the best. If we were both honest with ourselves, it was quite tense. There weren't many things we agreed on, yet we could always carry on a conversation. Your stories about your days as a moonshiner will go down as moments that made me laugh the loudest. The times we fought over what brand of beer to buy were funny as well. Sorry dad, but I'll never be able to drink Natural Light.

I know you never understood why I followed all the sports I did, but you always supported me. You had a small legion of fans in the chats I held about the time you knocked on my door scramble off for their own breakfast. You became an institution in those chats, even though no one ever saw you, only heard.

My biggest regret is not spending more time with you in your dying days. I made too many mistakes, to numerous to count. I shouldn't have tried to start a podcast when you were at your worst. I shouldn't have snapped at you when we disagreed on things. But most off all, I regret not saying 'I love you' whenever I had the chance.

Above all, thank you for being my dad. While things were never easy, we always figured out a way.

Your son,

Johnathan Starling

4 comments:

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Mando June 28, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

Great piece of writing Johnathan. He would have been proud

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