Freedom of Expression – Father!

Richa’s prompt – Father!

This is one story of an incredible man who I have admired ever since I was a young girl!

Image Credit: Pixabay

“I’m finished!” Dad exclaimed as he completed the final touches of the sand castle. The seagulls in the brilliant blue skies flew above us as mom threw bread pieces in the air.

I looked up after admiring some seashells in the sand by my feet. I gasped at dad’s sculpted masterpiece. He didn’t use any sand buckets or shovels. He created several large sculptures shaped by his hands utilizing a drip technique mixing sand and water. Always an engineer even when he’s on vacation! He is always passionate about building things. I remembered browsing through his box of college textbooks, and seeing his thoughts written in the margins of the pages.

Dad came from a rural area of Vietnam and had humble beginnings. Adventurous and full of mischief, he loved telling jokes as a kid and still does today. Although, he came from an impoverished neighborhood, he didn’t let it stop him from dreaming amazing big dreams and plans to make everyone in his life as happy as they can be. He pursued a different path than his brothers and sisters who were monks, fishermen, and painters, yet he gleaned from the lessons learned from his siblings. Intense, hardworking, and a determined go-getter, he took quite a few risks to reach some meaningful goals in life.

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Walking away from battles that don’t matter is not weak; that takes a strong person. That’s a mark of honor. Fall seven times, stand up eight.

– Japanese Proverb 

He was a strong soldier, but he didn’t want hurt anyone if there was no reason for it. Deep down, Dad is a gentle soul who doesn’t like confrontation, and yet I’ll never forget the day when he went to a peaceful protest to show his support for Vietnam’s fight for independence from the communist grip. Dad’s quiet presence was in solidarity with the activists. He showed me to fight for what is important.

When I encounter the world around me and see much suffering, I realize that he has given me so much and how blessed I am. Growing up, I felt liked I lived a life of royalty. Dad treated me and my sister like princesses, my brothers as princes, his wife, a queen. I will always say I had idyllic childhood and he played an instrumental part in that!

I remembered when dad would faithfully drop us off at the library every Saturday to explore the wisdom of others for the day. It was my safe haven and my second home.

His worst nightmare is when he sees me in pain. He comforted me when I had my own nightmares. He taught me there’s harm in hanging on to things that have hurt you.

Dad, you are so generous and forgiving. You bring joy to your friends’ lives by helping them laugh and see a different point of view. You’ve instilled a love of music for us by giving us a karaoke set so we can sing the night away and giving us a piano as a way to express our emotions and feelings.

I hope you know how much I love you. You’ve given me your very best, and I never want to let you down. I know you would never share any of this as you are such a humble man, but I want you to know how extraordinary you are.

Happy Belated Father’s Day Dad!
You are a light in the darkness
From Daddy’s Little Girl
Image Credit: Pixabay

27 Comments Add yours

  1. Winnie says:

    A wonderful tribute to your dad!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Winnie! ❤ I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

  2. iScriblr says:

    What a wonderfully heartfelt tribute Sa! Loved every word of it!❤️

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Richa! 🙂 It was a lovely prompt to share my memories. ❤

  3. Mr. A says:

    Aww… Just a sweet daughter and very thoughtful too.
    Lucky dad!
    Cheers 🍸

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Mr.A! My dad’s not much of a writer, but he loves to read. I wonder what he would think of musings from my heart. Have a great day! 🙂 ❤

      1. Mr. A says:

        Im sure that he would be proud! 😄

  4. Sadje says:

    A wonderful post full of admiration and love your dad!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Sadje! I do love him dearly. I’m grateful for being able to communicate with him.

      1. Sadje says:

        That’s so wonderful.

  5. This is a very beautiful post, I feel like I met your dad through your writing, I’m glad you can share his love and wisdom. I also love the quotes you shared, the Japanese quote and the ones about libraries especially.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Ms. Judy! I’m glad you enjoyed musings from my heart. LIbraries played a huge part in my life, and I will always show my support wherever and whenever I can. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome, that’s wonderful🙂

  6. Your dad is amazing. You are truly blessed.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Jenny! He sure is 🙂 I have a lot to be grateful for. ❤

  7. msjadeli says:

    You are truly blessed to have such a father! What a loving tribute. I hope you show your essay to him ❤

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Li! I recently shared it with him, though I think he would be surprised to read my sentiments as I don’t share it too often. It’s cultural. He always preferred to show love based on actions rather than words. ❤

      1. msjadeli says:

        You are very welcome, Sa 🙂

  8. Awww very cute💕 love my daddy
    I Always wanna be daddy’s lil 👧 Girl

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Sweet! Thank you much! Many times I think many daughters do no matter how old they are. 🙂 ❤

      1. Yes for sure💕💕💕

  9. Lwbut says:

    Such a wonderful post Sa!

    Now i can see part of the reason you are so wonderful! 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Bob! It can be fun to walk down memory lane especially when it’s next to the beach! 🙂

  10. iidorun says:

    Love this tribute! Your dad sounds like an incredible man!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I enjoyed writing it as it came from my heart. ❤

      1. iidorun says:

        Yes, I can tell – words written from the heart are the most powerful. ❤️

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