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    Posted June 11, 2012 by
    Brighton, Colorado
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    What makes your Father's Day special?

    My Dad....Far Away but Close in My Heart


    My best memory of my father...I didn't grow up with my father. He left when I was 3. Growing up with out him was very difficult...missing him, needing him to heal my bumps and bruises with kisses and hugs, teaching me how to ride a bike, soothing me when I had nightmares. We would exchange letters throughout the yrs, but alas it just wasn't the same. When I found out he was getting remarried back in 91 I was about to turn 18 starting my senior yr in H.S.... and angry as hell. How could a man I needed my entire life finally start over with someone new? So with the help of my grandmother (his mom) I bought a plane ticket to PA. I told him with anger in my heart "You better be there at the airport to pick me up cuz Im coming!" I was terrified but determined...I had never been that far from home, never been anywhere outside of Texas alone...When I got to the Harrisburg airport, I walked off the plane, wandered down the corridor frightened like a lil girl in uncharted territory. I saw this lil old man sitting in a chair next to the warm smile of my grandmother. He got up walked towards me...this face this man I didnt know. I hadn't seen in 14 yrs...I asked "Are you my father?" with a whisper....He put his arms around me and held me so close..looked at me and said "Of course Dawnie"....that hug meant the world to me...all my anger washed away.....those 2 weeks of my life were the best I ever had....I haven't been able to get back to see him again. We talk often....hes so far away but so close in my heart everyday of my life. That ONE hug I yearned for was everything to me. For the first time he became real to me. Every Fathers Day I relive that memory...I love you daddy!

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