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Letter of Father to the Daughter He Left is a personal letter of a father who abandoned his daughter for his own selfish reasons and who has come to the realization of the grave mistake he has done in doing so.


June 4, 2013

To My Daughter,

Your story on the newspaper literally sent a bolt of lightning through my veins. The small crying girl I left thirty years ago is now the picture of confidence and success as a woman who has conquered the corporate world. Apparently, you did quite excellently without me.

It is the opposite with me though. I thought I gained my freedom when I left you and your mother for a woman who caught my attention. Instead, it turned out to be a perpetual bondage to temporary relationships and fleeting romances. The once promising career I had went down the drain a long time ago, a consequence most people say of my wrong priorities in life.

I have also been battling a recurring sickness for more than a year now. My brothers and sisters have alternately been taking me under their care but I can feel the tension building up in their respective homes because of the inconvenience I may be causing their families. This is the hardest slap on my face knowing that I gave up my own family and have none to speak of now.

I saw in the picture that came with the story that you have very lovely children. The girls look very much like you when you were little. I am sure that you have succeeded in  the area where I miserably failed and the picture of your happy family tells me that.

I know too much time has gone by for me take reasonable reparations for you and your mother.  I don’t even know how to send this letter without looking like a father who is taking advantage of his child’s good fortune.  In fact, I’m not even sure if this is a motive at the back of my mind especially in my present condition. Even for a “bad father” like me, admitting that could still be such an embarrassment.

No apologies can ever suffice for what I have done. For whatever it’s worth, I am so sorry for leaving you. I am sorry for wasting such a precious opportunity to be your father.

Your missing father,

Letter Writer



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Teresa Martinez

A freelance researcher-writer who has continuously been in such field for 8 years. Previous to that, her work experiences are in the banking, advertising, and cooperative industries. More of her work in Google+

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