I can imagine your gentle eyes focusing on the boys' chess moves as they sit across from me now. I wish they knew you. I can imagine my daughter's eyes lighting up when you would compliment her latest outfit. I wish she knew your hugs.
Has it really been 11 years since your generous laugh faded into memory?
The other night, I closed my eyes real tight like I was 9 years old trying so hard to visualize you in my mind. I don't want it to be difficult to get the real you back in my mind. Why can't I look at photos still even after all these years? I like to stop and think though of what you would say about something I read or something I wrote.
I miss you Daddy. I always will. I'll keep reaching for your hand. Some days I feel so little and vulnerable. A dad's hug would make it so much better.
Happy Birthday in Heaven. Love to think that you're having one of your favorites, chocolate donuts.