Hey Dad, just dropping in to say hello and to wish you a very happy birthday on what would have been your 82nd. It’s been almost five years since you crossed to a better dimension where your memory is intact, your joints no longer ache and you don’t have to hide your forbidden candy from mom!
I took mom shopping in the US yesterday. Yes, she still cannot pass up a good sale when she sees one whether or not she needs it. She misses you terribly and remembers you fondly. We talked a bit about your sobriety journey and at the time of your passing you were 51 years sober if memory serves me, at that point my drinking had begun to ramp up in earnest. You were always and remain an inspiration to me, I was after all your little girl, albeit your one and only. So I guess in some respects I came by my penchant for drinking honestly. I’m not certain where or when it all got out of hand for me, but it did. I just wanted you to know that as if today I am 38 months and five days sober and I’m doing well. I know you always worried, cause that’s what dads do.
Anyway I’ll keep this letter short as I know you’re hanging out with the coolest of the cool guys and likely getting ready to hustle some pool or hit the pitch.
Here’s to one more sober day, be well and be you. I love you Dad 💜