“A father holds his daughters hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever.” Unknown

Today marks the FIRST anniversary (if that’s the correct term) of my father’s death and I miss everything about him. I miss …his voice, his smile, his praise, and his chastisement.   I miss him more than words can express.  Not a day goes by when I don’t think about him or have to use some of the wisdom he imparted just to get through the day. Every day when I walk past his picture, I say good morning and good night and when I listen with my heart, I can hear him say it right back. Yeah, I miss my daddy, and getting through this year, without him has been a struggle. Thus to get me through my FIRST year without my daddy,  I began to reminisce on all the FIRSTS that we’d experienced together. 

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Valerie Lathern


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  • Such a great article and I can relate a bit. I lost my father in 2015 and I think of him everyday. But I am glad to have good memories that keep me going. 

  • Top Video Contributor

    Thanks for a wonderful article.  Nice job of using the rest of the story.  

  • Top Member

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your father. Happy to hear all the happiness he brought into your life.

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