The month after my 5th birthday

by Shannon west
(waldorf md)

Mom told me when I was 6 months old that I fell out of my high-chair and dad got blamed for it. When she got home she saw dad in handcuffs, they said that he broke my colar bone and later after they said he was going to be in jail for a while, she saw a recall on the high-chair I had and he was in jail till a few months before my 5th birthday. He sent me letters alot that I still have. A month after my birthday mom called 911 and I opened my door and saw dad on a stretcher, mom said that he knew he was not coming back and she said he said no don't take me away from her again!!. He was in the hospital and died from cancer of the liver that he got in jail. Mom let me put a fathers day card and a picture of me in the casket We use to play peanut catch, I was the peanut and he was an elephant and if he caught me he would tickle me. He taught me to swim and to swing. I miss him im turning 15 next month and the only thing that I ever want on my birthday and christmas and the only thing I ever pray for is to be with daddy again. I'm stuck with a mean step-dad who always talks about dad, he made me very upset that I could not stop crying on fathers dad saying mean things about me and dad. Dad I wish you would come home. :( PLEASE COME HOME.

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