My dad hasn't been perfect, and I've inherited some of his flaws. But the beauty is that despite his shortcomings, he has also been one of my best friends for almost 20 years. I've learned hard work, kindness, authenticity, and generosity from him. Thank you daddy, for never leaving us like your dad left you, or like his father before him, left him. You broke a pattern of abandonment, and replaced it with one of protection, provision, and trust. I love you.
Nothing was irrevocable; everything was within reach… I could make promises to myself and to other people and there would be all the time in the world to keep them. I could stay up all night and make mistakes, and none of it would count. Joan Didion.