Happy Birthday, Ya Old Fart.

man carrying baby drawing their foreheads

This will be your second birthday that you will not be here in your corporeal form. As your birthday nears and I see the date growing nearer, I am served this constant reminder.

Has it gotten easier since we lost you in the physical world? No. Absolutely not. Has the intensity of the grief subsided? Definitely. However, I still think about ya every day. Sometimes with a smile. Sometimes with a hint of sadness.

I do know that you would have been proud of me. You said it to me not long before you moved on, and I hold onto those words dearly. I can only imagine how proud you would be of me now, knowing how I achieved even more goals in the last year. You would radiate pride, and I have a feeling you still do just from up above instead.

This was a tough one to write, but I want a way to celebrate your birthday and your life. I want people to know how proud I am of you and what you mean to me. I want your memory to live on well into the future.

So, just like the old days, when I would call you and jokingly bust your balls, I wanted to say, “Happy birthday, ya old fart!” I love you, Dad, and I miss ya.

-The Caring Counselor

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