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A Daughter’s Letter to Her Father looks back at a daughter’s memories of her father and how he continues to be remembered with respect and fondness.


March 1, 2013


I was going about my usual day today then I remembered you for no specific reason.  That often happens you know.  I remember you when I’m happy, I remember you when I’m sad.

I used to be so scared of you when I was young.   That was even when people said I was your favorite because I was your only daughter at that time among your four children, as my youngest sister would still come many, many years after.  I did not feel such favoritism though as everything you gave to us were always divided equally.

You looked so strict and imposing.   You were the picture of toughness at work and the disciplinarian at home. I would often tremble when I had to ask permission from you to join an outing or attend a party.  Most of the time I’d expect a no and would be surprised when you’d say yes.  Even if you did it unsmilingly and I guess , grudgingly, you brought and fetched me every time without fail.

You were always the first parent to come to school when classes were cancelled due to bad weather. You had absolutely no qualms about knocking at my classroom door and seeking the teacher’s permission to bring me home. Sometimes, I would feel secretly embarrassed when you’d come as if straight from the wet market until my two very well-off classmates told me they wish their fathers would be more like you.

I broke your heart when I got married very young.  I never saw you cry before but when I told you I had to leave, you wept.  You wept so hard, it broke my heart as well. I have never completely forgiven myself for doing that to you.

Even then, you never gave up on me.  You found a way for me to finish my education.  You rallied our family behind me when my marriage failed.  Looking back, I realized that you never failed me.

I would like to think that I have redeemed myself in your eyes before you left us.  You have to forgive me sometimes when I call on you in times of deep trouble when I should be letting you enjoy your peace.  I’m still your daughter needing your assistance from time to time.

Thinking of you everyday…

Your daughter,

Letter Writer



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Teresa Martinez

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