54 Today!

Five years ago today, I turned 49. I received all the usual calls from family and friends. The last call, shortly after GB was in bed, was from my father. He wished me a Happy Birthday and made lots of small talk. I was on the phone with him for a long time, which was unusual. Just as we were saying our goodbyes, I heard “I love you”. We hung up. I cried.

In 49 years, that was the first time I remember my father saying “I love you”. It was the only memory I have of him saying  “I love you”. He didn’t live to see me turn 50.

11 thoughts on “54 Today!

  1. Happy, Happy Birthday!I'm sorry for your painful memories, but be encouraged that WE get to make a difference in our kids lives. Mine are SO TIRED of hearing me say that I love them. I, like you, only remember once or twice hearing it from my parents.

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