An Open Letter to my Dad

Dear 'de,

Remember when I was a kid, you always rub my back each morning to wake me up? I am doing that now to my little girl plus I added a little "stretching" to the routine ; ) I find that my daughter is happier throughout the day when I do that.

 Happy Father's Day!

How can I forget the times when I patiently waited for you to come home from work at night because I know that you have Japanese take out boxes as "pasalubong" for me and my siblings. Thus, I feel guilty whenever I don't bring home a little something for my own daughter ; (

For the rest of the letter, read after the break...

You started the tradition of hanging our socks every Christmas eve so you could shower us with gifts and see our delightful faces the next day. And because of that, we still hang our socks until today even though I am already married (I still send my socks to my parent's home ; p) and both my siblings have decent jobs. It was so much fun that I plan to start that tradition this year.

You taught me the value of hard work. At an early age, I learned how to earn my keep. I remember selling ice candy to our factory workers so I can buy my favorite stationery. I learned early on that I have to work hard to get what I want in life.

I remember that you were the one who accompanied me to all three universities where I took my entrance exams. You patiently waited for hours until my exam was done for the day. And when I finally graduated in college, you were teary-eyed because you always say that education was the best "pamana" you can give to your children. I can't wait to have the same relationship with my baby girl!

I could not forget the time when I got so sick- I could not even walk, you were the one who rushed me to the emergency section of the hospital. From then on, you never fail to ask me if I have eaten my lunch or dinner especially when I am working. I tend to focus on getting the job done than my growling stomach. You have instilled in me that Health is Wealth. That's what I plan to share with my own child and my future children too.

Yes, we are not rich. Your pamana is so much more than that. You gave me everything I need in life- good values, good education and good health. I would not be the girl I am today- confident, self-sufficient, loving (oh, I could go on and on and on...) if not for you.

Salamat sa pamana mo, 'de! I love you!

To all fathers out there, Happy Father's Day! But before I finish this entry, I want to share with you a video I found online...

It's a touching video about a father's love for his daughter, much like my relationship with my dad. I can totally relate with it. How about you, what was your dad like?

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