Wish You Here


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​your intellect. Even the man ​When Cooper made ​the best.​of laughing through ​as I witness ​remind me of ​beautiful breathtaking moments.​the most and ​relish the juxtaposition ​have been even ​love for science ​angst with equally ​I love you ​teaching me to ​

​the “wishes” of what might ​couch together. Caris' deep curiosity and ​And yet, life offsets the ​Happy Father's Day, Daddy.​held your hand, I sense you ​loss and gain. I sit in ​sessions on the ​

Wish You Here

​out of me.​a lifetime.​since I last ​the tension of ​him for marathon ​knock the wind ​enough to last ​grief and joy. Somehow, in the decades ​a Tuesday, I sit in ​you next to ​patriotic music nearly ​years together. I'm making it ​a clash of ​

​ Whether it's Father's Day or ​Military History channel, I could picture ​the sound of ​into our 19 ​Life is such ​serve others.​for hours, engrossed in the ​in coveralls or ​and everyday mundane ​knew.​to help and ​flash of you. As Collin sat ​waves of grief.​

​memories and conversations ​of a man ​to let me ​prepare me, just hours before ​would've cried when ​hand in marriage. I wonder what ​ I wish you'd been there ​

​and children. I know you ​with you about ​the last time ​

​you and been ​family that you ​with the void; it can never ​life without you ​me in fresh ​gracious he was ​so right to ​the aisle, and whether you ​asked for my ​to them. Even more important, I wish they'd known you.​knew my husband ​dared to fight ​the scene of ​I wish I'd fully appreciated ​whole life and ​me to coexist ​were here. Thirty-three years of ​would suddenly drown ​terribly. How kind and ​

Wish You Here

​Your friend was ​walking me down ​college graduation, or to be ​best father-in-law and grandfather ​I wish you ​bratty teenage self ​together. On loop, my mind replays ​many things.​robbed. I've built a ​experiences. Time has taught ​I wish you ​my entire life, moments and milestones ​

​always miss you ​grandchild.​said just before ​me at my ​and been the ​application.​person, and how my ​an adult relationship ​regret about so ​

​of all you've missed, I simply feel ​

​lifetime of missed ​Dear Dad,​Sure enough, the mere sight ​know that throughout ​you died, that I would ​first handed each ​you might have ​to loudly embarrass ​

​would've loved them ​

​the financial aid ​we spoke in ​able to experience ​

​never knew. I struggle with ​heal the wounds. When I think ​
​has been a ​