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Dear Dad ...

by MANPREET KAUR SINGH

 

You have shown me that love can be one's greatest strength, and not a weakness.

You have shown me the virtues of forgiveness, to never hold a grudge for long.

You taught me the value of trust, by showing how you dared to trust again, even after being betrayed.

You taught me that true wealth can only be earned by loving and giving unconditionally.

For all that, I admire you.

You helped even those that tried to hurt you, took time to sort out other people's problems, even when they ignored your own.

You've always lived life according to principles you hold high, and inspired us to follow no one and nothing but our own conscience.

You've always been a source of inspiration to everyone around you.

I've often wondered how someone who melts like wax can be the "rock" for so many people, too.

For all that, I'm inspired by you.

You are a living example of supreme self-control.

For saying we can't control the behaviour of others, but must take responsibility for our own.

You've been man enough to shed tears and masculine enough to voice your fears.

You've been human enough to admit your mistakes and angelic enough to apologize to anyone, and put a smile on their face.

Thanks, Dad, for never losing your sense of humour.

Even when destiny played a cruel joke on you and a lesser man would certainly have crumbled  -   you remained you.

For all that, I adore you.

Thanks, Dad, for showing me that life is beautiful: a journey to be enjoyed, not a cross to carry.

Thanks, Dad, for telling me every day that I am the best.

For letting a fledgling believe that she can fly.

Thanks, Dad, for never putting limits to my freedom.

For making me responsible for my actions instead.

Thanks, Dad, for giving me eternal childhood and youth.

For making me feel like your little princess, even today.

For all that, and for my life itself, I'm indebted to you.

Thanks, Dad.

I love you.

Happy Father's Day!

 

[Photos on this page: Courtesy  -  The Subramaniam Family]

Conversation about this article

1: Jagmohan Singh Saini (Phagwara, India), June 22, 2007, 2:19 AM.

Wonderful images and text.

2: Pritam Singh Grewal (Canada), August 16, 2007, 8:36 AM.

An awesome tribute to "Dear Dad"! You have given him a priceless present on Father's Day. "Kritagyata" or gratitude is one of the great values taught by Sikhi. Congratulations, Manpreet Ji, on the style and content of your contribution.

3: Satinder Gill (Ludhiana, India), October 23, 2007, 12:23 AM.

If I had to write about my Dad or fathers in general, I doubt it if I could have said it better. May they live long ... we breathe better, knowing that they are around and it is a scary thought that they are growing old by the day. We must cherish every moment we can grab with our fathers. Take a day off and switch on the connect buttons. Take your kids to meet grandpa, they will be left with some wonderful memories down the years.

4: Iqbal Singh Bhan (Canton (Detroit), Michigan, U.S.A.), October 24, 2007, 12:24 PM.

Manpreet, I read your article several times and everytime I read it, I like it more. It gives joy. Generally, daughters have a special relation with their fathers. From this article, it shows how close you are with your Dad and I am sure he is very very proud of you.

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