1. I’ve Always Been a Daddy’s Girl

Teeny-1024x1024“I’ve always been a daddy’s girl. What can I say? He played video games with me; stayed up late after a long day at work to help me with my homework; took me to Costco to eat samples for lunch; taught me about patience, compassion, and how to laugh at myself from time to time; cracked corny dad jokes, and so much more. Love you Dad! P.S. He probably scared the crap outta me after this pic was taken cause we’re watching a football or soccer game and he screams and yells when his team scores.”

2. Surprise Visit to Colorado

Picture-1-1024x1024 (1)“This was parents’ weekend my freshman year. My dad flew to Colorado as a surprise visit! We went down to Garden of the Gods, Golden, and all around Denver during the weekend. This was one of the best weekends with my dad that I can remember while at college. This August will be 5 years since he passed; although, it still feels like I saw him just yesterday. He loved Colorado and this picture will always bring back the positive memories we shared when he came to visit.”

 

3. To All The Wonderful Memories

photo-8-1024x1024“My father, my rock, sharer of unconditional love and my best friend.  This picture was taken 9 months before he got Alzheimer’s.  His mind left us in too quick of a second.  Only his body remains with fleeting glimpses of the man he was.  This picture reminds me of who he was and how grateful I am for the last cognizant visit with him.  Dad, I love and miss you so much, and cherish all the wonderful memories you gave me in your lifetime.  Thank you so much for being my dad.  I love you.”

 

4. Tomorrow Can Be a Better Future

Photo-9b-1024x1024“My dad took me to school every morning on the handle bars of his beach cruiser. He always made sure my sisters and I were taken care of, but there came a time when bad decisions cost my father his freedom. He was ripped from our lives. When he was released from prison, he proved that a man isn’t shaped by his past but his present desire to make tomorrow better. I’ve seen many sides of my dad and I can say without a doubt I have never been more proud or lucky to call him my father.”

 

5. To Support a Family of Six

photo-6-1024x1024“This is my dad. He came to America at the age of 19 by boat. He is my hero because he started with nothing but the money in his pocket. His entire life, he worked jobs that were back breaking and stressful on his body. A lot of people look down upon the working class, but I think they’re some of the most honorable people. My dad worked those jobs to support a family of six, put food on the table and to make sure I had the opportunities that I had. I will never be able to pay him enough thanks. He is my hero.”

6. Abandoned But Not Unloved

Nicole-1024x1024“This man saved my life. Although I am not his daughter by blood, he raised me as his own from when I was 3 years old after my mother abandoned me and my 2 siblings. He had no obligation, no legal reason to provide for me, love me and support me. He did it out of the goodness of his heart and for that I will be forever thankful. It was not easy for him, but he gave me everything and more. I love my dad more than words can express and I will never be able to thank him enough for the 2nd chance he gave me.”

 

7. Several Years Behind Him

photo-5-1024x1024“My father had a lot of years behind him when I was born in 1989. He lost both parents, fought a war, and settled in a refugee camp. I know he thinks my generation doesn’t take into consideration their parents’ involvement in the war in Laos, that we don’t care, and that we are too Americanized to carry on our culture and our parents’ values. However, I beg to differ. There is no easy way to express that I didn’t create those memories but those memories are in me; that I didn’t see them but I can feel them.”

8. One of The Few That I Have

photo-7-1024x1024“This is a picture of me and my dad taken in 1996 on Easter Sunday. It’s actually one of the only photos I have with him because of many hardships we endured. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was young, and because of that, he was kept in a care facility for most of my childhood. He passed away on February 25, 2004.”

 

 

9. To The Skies And Beyond

168714_142110922515666_6218779_n-1-1024x1024“This picture is from when I was finally able to take my father up flying. He had been a pilot for 35+ years when he started having health problems just 3 years before retirement and permanently lost his wings. The amount of happiness I saw in him as he throttled off the runway again after 3 years of not flying is one that I will always cherish and never forget – I love you dad.”

 

 

10. He Speaks With Truth

received_m_mid_1402647690559_4e43f9f55d0ce04e85_0-1024x1024“My father is one of the most genuine and humble men I’ve encountered. He is kind and gentle but assertively frank at the same time. I have been so blessed to experience life with this incredible role model for both myself and many others. He speaks with truth but is always grounded with love, and I could not be more happy to call him my Daddy Duke! Happy Father’s Day!”

 

 

11. Life Isn’t Always Easy

1401580_472119919568741_933299147_o-300x300“This is a photo of me at a ballet recital when I was 8 years old. It’s one of my favorite pictures with my father. It shows what a happy and optimistic person he was before he reached his depression. My dad took his life last year and our family has been having a very rough time. I hope to take my story as a strong testimony to show people how life isn’t always easy and you will face some hard times, but no matter what comes your way you can always overcome anything.”

 

Written by Guest Contributor

Guest pieces are stories which have curated by our team from external sources and republished on Project Ava with permission from the creator. We do not edit guest pieces nor own them, all rights belong to the creator.

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