Dear Daddy (a letter to a dead father)

Dear Daddy,

As you know, Fathers’ Day is approaching here in Ghana. It’s this Sunday, 21st of June and I have this letter for you.

I appreciate the fact that you brought me into this world. I cannot tell how you treated my mom when she was pregnant because I was not present but since we are both alive and strong, I guess you did not give her too much trouble.

I cannot say you didn’t contribute to raising me, for your family’s money took me through primary school all the way to college. I appreciate that because I know most people do not get this opportunity when they lose their daddies at a young age.

I don’t know how life would have been if I had had you around while growing up. Would I have been a daddy’s girl? I don’t know if I would rush into your arms each day and narrate how my day had gone or you were going to be that kind of dad I would prefer hiding from. Would you have made that kind of impact I see in most friends who are always quick to share interesting stories about how their dads never spared the rod or you wouldn’t have made any difference at all? I have had a number of males advising me but I’ll know how impactful an instruction from you would be. I am certain that would have made a lot of difference in my life.

Fathers’ Day is only two days away and people will be celebrating the impact their daddies have made in their lives. As usual, I am going to remain silent the entire day and imagine how my life would have been if we had met.

I know we are going to meet someday, in Heaven for sure (Revelations 21:4) where I will run straight into your arms for the hug that I have always longed for and those encouraging words that only daddies know how to give. I will ensure you fill me in on every story that I missed while growing up. Just prepare yourself for that ok…

Your child