I just received this note a few minutes ago from my son, Ater, for Father’s Day and I wept. To be loved like this is life’s great honour. I can only pray that God will help him through those dark days when I am gone. I am so blessed.
I love you, Dad. You were always there for me when times were tough. When I had no father, you became mine, and I’m glad you’re the father that I never really had. It’s like I was falling but you were like a pad – you saved my life. Sometimes I get mad, but I will always love you.
I remember the first time that I called you “Dad.” We were going to Newfoundland and Labrador. We laughed. It felt different but right. I remember praying for a great Dad back in Africa, and God gave me one in you. I remember thinking to myself every time that I was mad, “I have a really great and lucky life. I have no reason to be angry because out of the children that lived in Africa, I was one of the three to come to Canada, where I have a great Dad, Mom and family. I go to school, have lots of friends, and good health, and life. You made all this and who I am today. I pray at times that I can grow up to be like you. I see all around the house every great accomplishment that you have done that helped a lot of people, like the food bank. You work so hard for the family. You went into Parliament not because you like it (actually you didn’t), but because you wanted to help others. I will always remember that.
That’s what makes me want to be like you, and you’re so loving and a family guy. I wish you would never die because that would be like life without meaning, or macaroni without cheese:) Life would be hopeless. But that’s the least of my worries because you’ll live forever I know because I ask God to make you live forever before I fall asleep every night. It might be crazy or foolish, but sometimes, because of all the good you’ve done for people, I think that you are God, and that you can read my thoughts. And for that reason I only think good thoughts.
I love you Dad, and I don’t need Father’s Day to tell you that I love you. I do it every day, and always will.