Not a true daddys girl but he was still my world
by Alison K
(Valley Springs, South Dakota)
me and my dad, at one of our family fires in the backyard
I was 13 almost 14 on the 21 of July in 2008 about to go into 8th grade. My dad, 51, died on July 1, 2008 after a 3 year battle of cancer, we didn’t celebrate my birthday that year.. I wasn’t a true daddy’s girl, i wasn’t spoiled, nothing like that. But i still feel that he was the center of my world even if no one else seen it. He took my side when i was in trouble even if i was wrong and always gave me a chance. He called me his “girly cakes". I loved going places with him. I remember the last year i had school when he was around, i was in volleyball. He'd pick me up every day after practice got out and was always early and parked in the same spot. When i had games no matter where they where he would always drive behind the bus just to watch me play even if i only got to play once. He had to have a air pump with him where ever he went but i wasn’t scared to be seen around him with it, he was my only support bc my mom was to busy with other things and never came to a game but it didn’t matter i would rather have had him there.
see my dad was in the air force back in CA, USA before i was born and after a lot of years got out when i was born. we all moved out to SD wear we still are. He was the dad that would wake up in the middle of the night and say with you all night bc your sick even tho he had to go to work at 12am that day. He was my protector and i looked up to him.
Its been 4 years, im 18 now and start college next year, he would be 55. I still visit his grave every few weeks and make sure everything is taken care of. i have a mom, two brothers and a sister ( im the youngest). It seems like everyone moved on and forgot him, my oldest brother never even came to say goodbye to him after 8 years of no contact with my dad, my other brother moved away and my sister went back to Mississippi, and my mom she found a boyfriend after a year and forgot all about my dad ( she still to this day hasn’t been to his grave after july 4, 2008).
I seen remember him and live through everything he taught me. I will never leave him behind or forgotten. Always loved and never forgotten.
Forever his “girly cakes",