As a child, I dreamt of speaking English like you.
I wanted to pray in tongues like you.
I wanted to have enough money like you.
You were the richest man I knew in real life.
You were my star.
I looked up to you in many ways.
We had a connection.
More like telepathy.
We could feel each other from far away.
I always looked forward to seeing you.
I put up my best behaviour in your presence.
I lived to please you.
You were amazing.
You encouraged me to succeed in every endeavour.
You challenged me to read lots of books.
I could go on and on about how much you impacted my life.
Actually, I should.
Thank you for always expecting the best from me.
At the time, I didn’t appreciate it but now I do.
Thank you for all your support and help.
Thank you for bringing me up the way you did.
Thank you for taking care of me.
Thank you for the decisions you made on my behalf.
Thank you for the lessons you’ve taught me by your words and actions.
Thank you for providing for me constantly.
Thank you for all the sacrifices you made without my knowledge.
Thank you for every other thing I may have forgotten.
We may not be best friends now but It doesn’t change how great you are.
I still think you’re a cool dad.
I love you.
Let me not be quick to point out your wrongs.
You love me.
You want the best for me but there’s only so much you can do.
I am yet to walk in your shoes as a parent to understand you better.
I hope to draw inspiration from you someday to train my children.
I may not understand some decisions you made but I am sure you had your reasons.
Overall, you taught me to totally depend on God, the best Dad ever.
That is one of the best things I took away from you.
May we have brighter days.
May we laugh more.
May we catch up on lost times.
I believe you’re the best dad God could give me.
I am super appreciative of that.
I love you.
Also published on Medium.