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To Dad - With Love by Cowgirlrose
 

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  • I was twenty and ready to leave my safe little cocoon in Iowa.

    I didn't know what I was doing
    not really .....

    But I thought I did.
    Because when you're young
    you're invincible.

    I had sold everything I owned
    literally,
    except what could fit in one suitcase.
    I didn't need "things."
  • I sat in the living room with my parents and told them.

    "I'm leaving, on a jet plane,
    don't know when I'll be back again."

    "Headed to San Francisco....got San Francisco on my mind."

    "And ... going to save the world."
    "Why?"

    "Because I know I can."

    My mother is crying.

    There is a silence, a deafening-silence.

    Then my father spoke. He said -
    "I'm disappointed in you."

    My heart. Oh, my heart! Just like a dagger had been thrust into it and twisted.

    So painful.
  • They took me to the airport. Mom had a brave face. Dad was quiet.

    When the plane came he hugged me tightly and whispered in my ear.

    "Remember, honey,... you always have a home to come home to."

    I felt my heart mending, melting together in my father's love for me.

    And I never forgot those words.
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