Dear Dad, by Jennifer Flaten

Dear Dad,

I am writing this letter to thank you for all that you did for me. Now I know you may be a little confused about why I would want to thank you, considering what little time we spent together.

Well, that is exactly what I want to thank you for. As a deadbeat dad who would randomly pop into my life, you truly taught me to expect the unexpected.

Although, it happened so infrequently, I actually thought it was neat to have you show up and shower me with a huge amount of gifts-most of them extravagant to make up for all the birthdays, Christmases and report cards that came in between these visits. Kids are so easily impressed! (more…)

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Unsent Letters

We’ve all had that letter we wrote, never meaning to send. Maybe we never sent it because we couldn’t bring ourselves to face the recipient. Maybe we never sent it because the recipient was no longer living. Maybe we never sent it because we knew it would not be safe to do so.

But we wrote it anyway, knowing we would never send it.


Because we needed to get the emotion out of us, to say the words, even if they were never shared with anyone else.

Maybe the letter you wrote never actually made it onto paper. Maybe it’s still lingering around in your head, waiting for you to write it.

Do you have something you’ve been longing to say to someone, but you never thought you’d get the chance?

Now is your chance.

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