Topic Tuesday – A Letter to My Father

This was hard. Here is another attempt at disciplined writing. The prompt today was for me to write a letter to my father. So, here is a piece of my soul…

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Dear Dad,

Wow, it has been too long since we’ve done this. You know I’ve never been huge on writing letters, but I definitely thought it was time we catch up a little bit. So much has happened since the last time we talked.

For starters, I got married. She’s such a wonderful girl, Dad. She’s beautiful, funny, gifted, and incredibly compassionate and loving. She makes me so happy, and I do everything I can to make her happy, too. We met at college and fell in love (thanks again for suggesting LaGrange College… I know I never even would have considered it if you didn’t make me!). We have a little house and three pets – two cats and a dog. You’d love them. I know you were always a cat person. No kids yet, though…

Speaking of our house, I moved away from home. I live in Moncks Corner, SC, now. I’m the youth pastor at a church there, and I lead worship, too.. Michelle was the part-time children’s minister for two years, but she had to give it up when she started her master’s degree. It was just too much… We like it here, for the most part. It’s been tough finding people we can just hang out with, though. Plus, it still just feels a little strange to be living 5 hours from everything we knew and loved growing up.

Michelle and I have started getting in shape, too. Not that either of us was ever too far out of shape, but you know what I mean. We started running together. We were supposed to do our first race together this weekend, but I hurt my foot, so I won’t be able to run. Mostly we wanted to get in shape because I know we have a history of heart issues in our family. That, combined with where my body tends to hold weight (thanks for that, by the way…), put me in the higher risk category for heart troubles later in life. We figured it would be easier to get in shape and try to stay that way now than it would be to make a radical change later on in life. It’s going pretty well so far.

I guess another important development since the last time we talked is that Mom got married again. At first none of us really like the guy, John, a whole lot. His personality is pretty different from yours, and he kinda rubbed people the wrong way some. Over time, though, we’ve grown to love him. He really is a great man, very generous and caring. He’s had a pretty amazing life, and I’m glad that Mom gets to be a part of that story. That’s not to say that he’s replaced you or anything (nobody could ever do that), but Mom really loves him, and they’re good together.

Gosh, I just can’t believe it’s been almost 9 years since we’ve talked. I tell Michelle all the time how much I wish you could have met her, and vice versa. I know you two would have loved each other a lot. I miss you, Dad. Leukemia took you too soon. I’m sure things are okay where you are, though, so I know you’re not too worried about us. And I know you’ll get to meet Michelle one of these days. Hopefully not too soon, though.

I love you, Dad.

-Joseph

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Posted on October 12, 2010, in #tt and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Arlene Robinson Hayes Murrell

    Joseph,
    This is a beautiful letter to your father. Of course it brought tears to my eyes for I have missed him so much too. I know that you really have missed him. But we do have the promise of seeing him again one day. I will never forget the day before he actually left this world, he was telling me that he really thought that the spell he was just getting over that God was going to take him but for some reason He did not take him and I asked him, well Don, is everything okay in your heart, are you ready if God were to decide to take you? and He answered very clear… Yes, I am ready… I have all that taken care of. I knew he was ready if Jesus were to come and get him but I wanted to hear it from him. Then he and Cecil went on talking about going to Florida when he got out of the hospital to deep sea fish. He said he would not be afraid to go as long as I would be with them….for remember he had taken really sick when he flew down or went with his friend and had to fly home and get to the hospital etc. i was so in hope that he was going to make it. But God did not choose to leave him here with us. But we do have that promise to see him again.
    Joseph, we all are so proud of you and know that he would be so proud too. You did not waver in what you started out to accomplish… He would be so proud.
    God bless you and know that you are truly loved… we all love you so much… Come see us anytime. We have plenty of room. You are special and we love your precious wife too.
    Aunt Arlene

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