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Dear Mom and Dad, Only now after my own marriage has ended can I come to understand what it is like and what it must have been like for you to have made the decision to end yours. In some ways my story seems to mirror yours while in other ways it is as different as can be. All I know is that I really tried. I tried to be perfect, I tried to be good. I tried to make you happy. I tried to make him happy. In fact I tried to make everyone happy. The only problem was that deep down I harbored the biggest secret of them all. Although I smiled from ear to ear, I was miserable. I was so disconnected from myself and therefore from my life and everyone around me. I was struggling. I was heavy, I had shut myself off so much that I couldn’t feel a thing. I couldn’t even feel those sweet...
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Dear Dad, I want to let you know first of all that I love you and forgive you for what this has done in my life. I also wanted to let you know exactly what your porn use has done to my life. You may think that this effects only you, or even your and mom’s relationship. But it has had a profound impact on me and all of my siblings as well. I found your porn on the computer somewhere around the age of 12 or so, just when I was starting to become a young woman. First of all, it seemed very hypocritical to me that you were trying to teach me the value of what to let into my mind in terms of movies, yet here you were entertaining your mind with this junk on a regular basis. Your talks to me about being careful with what I watched meant virtually nothing. Because of pornography, I was...
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Dear Dad, Wendy and I will be looking forward to seeing you and Mom very soon. The babies should be here within a few weeks. As I was riding the motorcycle on the way to my janitorial job, my mind kept going back to you and some of the things experienced in my childhood. You know, it always has been hard for us to talk on a father to son basis (which is probably not unusual for many families). The reason that I'm writing this letter is because I want you to know the truth -- the truth about life, about Christianity, about things you knew to be wrong such as hypocrisy (pretending to be something that you weren't). The disciples asked Jesus one time, "What would be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?" Jesus answered, "Take heed that no man...
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Dear Dad, There are so many things I'd like to tell you face to face. I either lack the words or fail to find the time or place. But in this special letter, Dad, you'll find, at least in part, the feelings that the passing years have left in my heart. The memories of childhood days and all that you have done to make our home a happy place and growing up such fun. I can still recall the walks we took, the games we played; those confidential chats we had while resting in the shade. This letter comes to thank you Dad, for needed words of praise; the counsel and the guidance, too, that shaped my growing-up days. No words of mine can tell you, Dad, the things I really feel; but you must know my love for you is lasting, warm, and real. You made my world a better place and, through the...
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Dear Mr. Murphy, As a gay man, life-long Mets fan, and father of a budding Mets fan, I feel compelled to reach out to you, as you have certainly reached me with your feelings regarding my family. To me, you are a great baseball player who has demonstrated commitment and determination when faced with adversity. I have followed you in your quest to become an All-Star second baseman and truly admire what you have accomplished. To my son, you are more -- you are a role model. I understand that may not have been something you signed up for, but for better or worse, for him and others like him, you are larger than life. Let me try to explain why what you said was not an innocuous sound byte, but rather an offensive statement. First, I do not have a lifestyle. I didn't choose my...
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Dear Dad, With Father’s Day approaching, I’d like to take a minute or two to express my never-ending gratitude for all that you do. Being a father is no easy task. A father makes a huge impact on his daughter’s life. He is the first man she says “I love you” to, and the first man to really show her what love is. To be honest, I can’t remember a time when you weren’t there for me — not only as a father, but as a best friend. As a child, you were my favorite playmate. I know now that your favorite movie was never really “Cinderella,” and that you would have much rather been watching the game than playing with Barbies. You did those things solely because you loved me; showing me that when you love someone, you do what you can to make them happy. From teaching me how to walk or...
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Lieve Dhinuk, Je ligt nu op de bank terwijl ik dit schrijf met een warme deken over je lijf Je hebt nog geen idee wat ik bedenk Het is een gedicht dat ik je schenk Je kon je in je thuisland ook prima vermaken maar je hebt voor mij je goede baan aan de UI, al je vrienden en familie achtergelaten Je hebt in je liefde ons drie kindertjes gegeven Met jou deel ik de rest van mijn leven Als eerste mijn knul Ardan zo slim en zo stoer Een lieve, intelligente, grote broer Als tweede ons Indy, ze is toch zo lief Ja ze is ook erg ondeugend Maar toch haar vaders hart verheugend En échte kleine hartendief En Danty de derde Ze doet broer en zus na En leest maar wat graag mee Als ik een boek opensla Waarom ik dit schrijf weet jij heel goed Ik wil dat...
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Dear Mother, We had a pleasing day on Sunday as the six of us cooked for you, washed your feet and fixed you up as our Queen who still reigns over us after all these years. I am glad that you enjoyed the coconut-cassava-callaloo soup that I invented specially for you. It felt good for us to be boss over you for just this one day in the year. Yeah, we loved it and Mamsie says she has never seen you look so lovely. She saw every crease in your face, even those wrinkle lines on your hand glow with love, and you know Mamsie, she is good at noticing things the rest of us can’t see. We love you, Ma. Plenty. But something is on my mind, troubling me. All of us, even little Kwame, we find you to be a smart woman who can manage tough problems. I mean even the manager at my workplace would...
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Dear Friend and Single Mom, I wanted to take a moment this Mother’s Day to say “thank you”. I know you don’t get the consistent affirmation or accolades that you deserve for all that you do. And even on Mother’s Day, when moms all across America are being honored and celebrated, you may not get breakfast in bed or have a collection of hand made cards presented to you. You may not get the “day off” from cooking or taking care of the kids. And I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you probably won’t get to sleep in like you often dream of. There probably won’t be anyone to tell you that you’re doing your job right and celebrate the positive influence you have on your kids. But that is not a reflection of the job you are doing. Today, I want you to know that YOU ARE AMAZING...
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Dear Gayle Riedmann CNM, I don’t remember you, and most likely you do not remember me, but we have met. Twenty-Six years ago on this day in 1988, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, you were the midwife to my twenty-year-old mother. Even though we do not remember each other, my mother will never forget you. She never forgot your name and she never forgot how you two had gotten to know each other in the months prior to my birth in her prenatal visits. I’m sure she was scared and undoubtedly nervous about giving birth to her first child the day I was born, and I am sure that she leaned on you for strength and compassion. My then 18-year-old father had departed only 3 days prior to my birth for basic training for the Army, but whenever she has spoken about her first...
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