i have a story

by Katie Marie Dougherty
(Great Bend, Kansas)

i lost my dad to copd in 2013 and he's not coming back. there is one thing my dad left behind and it's a legacy, because he touched my 4 brother's hearts, and my heart.
there is something else, too, my dad has family from his mom and from his dad, after my dad died i have changed, because his roots are part of me. i became mature and i changed after my dad's death.
my grandparents died in 1960 and in 1970 before i was born in 1984, i never knew my grandparents they died before i was born, in me i know i have family from my grandparents, i knew i have family, because my dad is part of me.
when my dad died last year in 2013 i felt i knew something in my heart, because my dad is part of who i am. i know i'll always be my dad's child.
after my dad's lung collapsed in 2008 something amazing happened to me years later and i am surprised. my dad had 5 children and God blest us.
i need to say this, i am the daughter of my dad, i have family from my dad, i have family from my grandparents. when my dad died last year in 2013 My Family became important i have from my dad. in my childhood, i missed home and i missed my family from my dad. when my dad died, i've found myself and within my unwavering faith, my protestant faith is my life's purpose. i've found my life's purpose. i am coming home to my family from my dad, it took me after my dad's lung collapsed in 2008 and after my dad's death for me to come home to my family from my dad, because it happened to my dad. this brought me closer. this brought me happiness and joy to find my family from my dad. i have talents from my dad, it's part of who i am and i've found them. Katie Marie Dougherty

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