Happy Birthday, Dad! 1910 – 1987

This is a letter I wrote to my Dad back in the 70s when I was living in Utah and couldn’t get home to Kentucky. I felt bad that I didn’t have any money at the time to buy him a gift so I wrote him a letter (I was not a big letter writer back then). My mother told me later that it made him cry — but a happy cry. Wish I could celebrate with him today. His birth date was always so easy to remember — it was 10/10/10!


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I actually wrote a blog post about Pinky.  You can read that one HERE.

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So, Dad, even though you’re not here with me in body, you’re here in spirit and I miss you.

50 comments on “Happy Birthday, Dad! 1910 – 1987

  1. Very heartfelt. I’m sure your Dad is smiling down from Heaven upon you. ❤

  2. kittiesblue says:

    What a beautiful and loving post in memory of and tribute to your dad. I can only imagine how it touched his heart. Thanks for sharing. I’m heading to the post about Pinky. Hugs, Janet p.s. Hope you’ll join us for Sunday Selfies.

  3. How lovely! Nice tribute. Love the inclusion of this letter. Your dad would be proud.

  4. We measure our wealth in dollars, but it is these special moments that made your dad a truly rich man.

  5. becca givens says:

    I know it was a treasure for him, and wonderful memories for you and Pinky! 😀

    Happy Birthday to your dad!

  6. inesephoto says:

    What a wonderful tribute! My Dad died in 1985. I read your letter and cried too. I was a Daddy’s girl just like you 🙂

  7. What a lovely daughter you are and your dad must have been so happy!! Thank you for sharing Linda, you are a wonderful person! xoxoxJohanna

  8. de Wets Wild says:

    Beautiful and inspiring Linda!

  9. That letter was probably his most prized possession.

  10. New Journey says:

    beautiful letter…..

  11. That’s such a straight from the heart piece. Beautiful bond to say the least. God bless Linda.

  12. Sue Slaght says:

    What a lovely gift. Money could never buy anything so valuable?

  13. GP Cox says:

    I can relate to your feelings. We will keep them alive with our love and memories.

  14. Amy says:

    Heartfelt memories. Thank you for sharing the beautiful letter with us, Linda!

  15. This brought tears to my eyes and made me think of my own Dad. What a gift you gave him in the letter!! And you can celebrate with him still!! until you meet again!! Blessings Linda!

  16. Dad’s are so precious, Linda. What a loving letter you wrote. Yes, we never stop missing our loved ones who are gone. They stay in our hearts for ever. xx

  17. DG MARYOGA says:

    Great tribute to such an affectionate and caring father,dear Linda!No money could have bought such a priceless birthday-letter!More tears … Never stop being sentimental,my sweet friend.10-10-10,you keep him still alive in your heart,in your thoughts 10-10-10 … 🙂 ❤ xxx

    • Thank you so much, dear Doda. Now, dry those eyes. You’re making me cry! 😀 It’s true, we never forget those who go before us. But I’m comforted in knowing that we will all be together again. Big hugs to you! 😀 ❤

      • DG MARYOGA says:

        Yes,I have the same feeling since I lost my sweet mum in 2006.”We’ll all be together again.”She has taken part of my life with her,nothing is the same again … Hugs to you ~ ♡ x♡

  18. What a lovely tribute to your Dad for his Angel Day. Have you made a memorial for him online or attached this entry as a story to your family tree?

  19. leannenz says:

    Bought tears to my eyes. I was thinking about my dad with a recent post too. His birthday is coming up. Maybe time to write him a letter too!

  20. What a beautiful love letter… absolutely heart-melting! 🙂 ♥ ❤

  21. joanfrankham says:

    Oh that is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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