On Father’s day, I cannot help but dwell heavily on thoughts of you, though I am happy to say to you daddy, that today, my thoughts are light and I am not tearing up. I only feel pangs to hug you one more time, just one more time.
I may not have told you as much as I would have wished to tell you; when you could hear me say them:
That your unquestioned love, the investment of your time and support has been the greatest gift you ever gave to me.
I think of you: that Warmhearted, God fearing, Generous, Dark and Handsome gentleman that ushered me into life.
From my tot-hood now to full fledged adulthood, you still remain a solid anchor in my life.
The firm upbringing and your sage counsel have stood in good stead in your absence.
You encouraged me to be the best that I could be, standing like a beacon of hope, guidance, strength and humility.
An unassuming man of simple tastes and a humble background, you taught me the indubitable value of honesty and integrity, the tenets of hard work, discipline, generosity and compassion.
To you I owe my love for books, music and dancing, you saturated my being with stories and melodies from far and wide as I grew up.
You taught me never to give up on my dreams and to appreciate those simple things in life which tends to be overlooked.
As I watch mummy struggle to get on without “Nkem”, I realize that we took so many things for granted, that even though it is in man’s nature to die, I always thought secretly, that you would always be there and indeed you are.
Though the light of your candle on Earth may have burnt out, it sure still shines through us that are still behind.
Happy Fathers day dearest daddy. I love you with all my heart.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha