Daddy’s Girl

She was a Daddy’s girl at least when
she was young. Perhaps not so much
as a teen she was mostly successful hiding
her drinking and drug use. Oldest child named
for a special friend she watched her parents
argue and fight frequently. At last they
split when she was grown and
married with a child of her own.

She and her husband argued and fought
often. What goes around comes
around. She had moved out on her own
at the age of eighteen and her father
wrote her a letter. Admitted he never
should have been a parent and would
choose not to be were the earth to turn
backwards and he begin his life again.

What a thing to say to his girl even
if her departure was an unpleasant one.
Today he and his new loving wife live in
a city quite nearby. They see one another
at Christmas each year at her instigation.
He does not celebrate any milestones
in the lives of her son and daughters- not
awards nor graduations, weddings nor births.

She has always loved her children fiercely
and despised the end of summer and vacations.
She rejoices in each visit with grandchildren.
She and her husband now rarely argue and fight;
if they do it blows over like the tornado flies.

And every birthday she bitterly awaits a
phone call or card to no avail.

Written by Renee Butner – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – USA

Feature Photo by Suzy Hazelwood


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