An Open Letter to my Daddy
I can write in my police story draft
for hours on end, but when it comes time to write something about you daddy.
Words are difficult to express my life long feelings of love for you. Well, here
goes anyway, I cant wait any longer, as your stay with us may be limited
because of your life threatening illness.
Daddy, you gave me the greatest gift
a father could ever give a daughter, that was and to this day - your
unconditional love. Yes, there were times when we would find ourselves on that
emotional road that we often traveled together. A road of life full of energy
and stresses that would cause us to collide at times but we always managed to
find a safe road back to each other.
Yes, Im so fortunate to have the
greatest daddy in the world. A dad that has taken the time to love me no matter
what, and has given my children a most special relationship with their papere.
For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart daddy.
Daddy every struggle you go through
with your cancer, I experience the pain too. Not the physical pain, the
emotional stuff you go through, please daddy never waver your fight to get
through this dreadful illness. My heart cries and flutters with fear at the
thought of your loss someday. I realize life on this earth is fragile and the
good Lord may call you home at anytime.
The fear of waking up one morning and
you are gone is a frightening nightmare for me. Ive got to be strong through
these difficult times and not to cry in front of you. So in the dark of night,
that is my time to cry as I pray for your complete recovery.
Daddy, words cannot say how much I
love you. The galaxy is not big enough to store all of my love for you. My love
for you daddy fly's like the clouds in the heavens above. Every breath I take is
filled with love for you.
I am my daddys girl. Momma always
said when I was born, the doctor had told you I was just like my daddy, looks
All I can ever hope to do is follow
in your footsteps. However, how do I fit my small feet in your big shoes? I
never was able to fill your shoes daddy. Heaven knows; I have tried many times.
You have been by my side every tough
hurdle that I had to overcome. Every heartache of mine, and there have been
many, youve always provided a warm comforting shoulder for me to lean on.
Thank you daddy.
I try to understand what youre going
through, and only do I wish I could find a way for my love to take the pain and
hurt away. I know now I cannot make your pain as mine only, even though I want
My hearts been trembling since I was
told your cancer is back. Daddy, I often remember our walks when I was very
little. The trips to the zoo with my elephant key. The tears are falling down my
cheek just thinking about those fun times. How precious were those moments in
I love you daddy. No matter how old I
become I will always be your little girl. You are my true hero. I know nothing
else but to always love you.
How many nights did you stand at the
head of my crib and watch me sleep as a baby. When I was scared, you would hold
and comfort me until I fell asleep. You taught me it was okay to say goodbye
because our separation would only be temporary. That fond memory lives in our
hearts today and becomes stronger each day we stay together.
Im not sure my heart can stand
losing you. So please hold on. You're the one person in the world, I cannot say
goodbye too. Daddy youre my hero of life. And I will always be your little girl
FOREVER; I love you, and please, hang on best you can.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Dee Serpas is a retired police officer from
Kenner Police Department (Louisiana).
Currently, she is the President of the TAPS Memorial Web site.
Following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, Sheriff Paul Berthelot,
Sheriff of St. John the Baptist Parish, and that of her father, who was
president of FOP Lodge 2 in the late 1950s, Dee Dee became a Police Officer.
First with the East Jefferson Levee Board Police, she also joined the Kenner
Police Department and was the only female to graduate from the academy that
year. Later, she joined the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office as a street cop.
This makes her the only known female in Louisiana to have held three commissions
at the age of 21.