My dearest Father,
Firstly let me wish you a very happy birthday – 80 years young today! I am very sorry not to be there to celebrate but, lets face it, there is not much we can do right now anyway!
I want to take this opportunity to tell you that I love you very much. You have been my hero all of my life and it has taken me 32 years to truly understand the sacrifices you have made through life to look after our family. Words cannot express my thanks.
I remember childhood days when I would join you at work and how I felt very important when I was allowed to paint a wall or mix tiling grout! I loved every trip to ‘Plumbase’ and ‘B&Q’, searching for endless copper piping that all looked the same to me. I liked flicking through the catalogues trying to pick the nicest taps or shower fixtures, but most of all, I loved spending time with you. When we would go for our “workers” lunch at the local cafe I would feel ever so grown up! Thank you for including me and giving me those memories – I will forever cherish them.
Thank you for the yearly holidays to France, I have so many happy memories there. I think you are the only person I have ever been in the sea confidently with! I always laugh when I think of our trips to Hayling Island! Sleeping under the work bench in the big orange fan was my favourite! I seemed to always come away with a new friend and pen pal from those trips and a ridiculous amount of “Tat” from the arcade.
When I look at how much school fees cost now a days it makes my eyes water. The fact that me and JP would go to school with £5 in our pockets daily for the canteen, as well as the numerous school trips we went on, is testament to the hard work you put in supporting the family.
Your work ethic no doubt came from Gran and Grandad, both of whom you have told me worked hard during their time. I watched you selflessly care for Grandad up until the end, teaching me the lessons that love and compassion know no bounds.
You did your country proud, like Grandad, by fulfilling duties in the Navy during your younger years – and what a handsome young Naval officer you were! You ran several successful pubs back in the day and then became a plumber and builder – you really have lived a varied life.
Whilst I haven’t taken the ‘social norm’ route of marriage and children (right now) I do hope that you are proud of the life I have made for myself and the adventures that I have been and continue to be on. I am able to boldly travel the world because you helped instil courage in me – “I am a Day and I can do anything“.
Thank you very much to the wonderful Martin Peers at Toast Cartoons for creating this wonderful piece for me. It perfectly captures how I feel.
Dad, you are and always will be my hero. Thank you for everything you have done and everything you continue to do.
Love you always and forever,
Your (not so little) girl