I had a close relationship with my father. An only child, he encouraged me to be adventurous, to explore. Not realizing it at the time, his words “March to your own drum” gave me confidence and taught me to listen to my inner voice.
The year I was pregnant with our only child, my parents moved to California from Iowa. We kept in touch by phone, but rarely saw each other. Four years later they decided to come back home for Christmas. Elated, I started planning festivities and making special gifts.
Mother was easy, Father challenging. I reflected on his mantra and decided to immortalize it by transforming it into a cross-stitch pillow. I painstakingly, lovingly, stitched the words “When you are troubled and don’t know where to go, talk to your heart – Listen with your soul.”
He died a few weeks before Thanksgiving that year. I never had the opportunity to give my gift to him, to see his eyes light up. I know he would have fought to hide his tears. I missed the chance to tell him how grateful I was, how much his words have guided me time and time again. His gift is burned into my heart and soul. It is eternal and enduring.
Thank you, Daddy.
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