« A grateful mind is a powerful mind. » – Nico & Vinz
My dad’s birthday today – or may I say yesterday, in Tunisia timezone.
What does he feel daddy? Is he happy today? Does age scare him?… It does scare me.
I called mom earlier and she said he doesn’t want any celebration.
Then I called him and he was warm-hearted as usual. Showing fun, as usual. Complaining about mom, as usual. And asking me not to stay long far-away (as usual)…
I am a beloved daughter. And I thank God for that.
My parents show pride, even though I don’t necessarily fit into the long-desired ideal daughter mould.
And as sad as it seems to be, distance has played a huge role with it. It imposed respect, urged frank and valuable communication, and facilitated freedom.
« Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity. » – Robert Morgan
Today, I just want to express my love to you dad! To tell you thank you for your love, and for all you did, and still do, for me.
Anyone who knows us, admits that we share so much in common.
Both of us love sitting outside, with a book in one hand, and a cup of coffee or tea in the other. And whenever we shared those precious moments, we often ended up re-making the world, or our family members, in stead of actually reading.
Both of us value simple leisure, culture, nature, peace of mind, freedom, and independence.
You still enjoy saying that it was you who brought me to life – this still irritates mom – as it seems I was about to fall over when I was born, and you were there to catch me at the right moment…
You were not always there when I had my youth struggles. And you could not always understand them when you were there. Later on, I understood you also had your own struggles, and I could not even see them.
You were seldom punctual at any event. But I was amazed to see you ahead of time at my marriage. Whenever I turned around that day, you were in front of me, giving me your warm hand. I still can not describe how much it touched me and how much I loved to kiss your hand.
But I contained myself that day, not to cry.
Only recently did I learn that you cried that night. I am so sorry for not paying attention to your hidden emotions, dad…
Having you today makes me feel I am still young. I am still a daughter… But I am mature enough and I strive not to be trapped by time…
So, I am grateful for having managed to offer us some vacation in the past few years.
You were so happy with it and that made you look much younger… That made us closer to each other too! And made me feel proud…
I profoundly respect you, dad, and I admire your honesty, your boldness, your intelligence, your patience, your kindness with the poor, and your diplomacy to deal with conflicts and complicated situations.
Dad, I want you to always remember how much I love you and how much I miss you… I want you to see I am becoming the writer we both dreamed to be – may this push you finish your memoirs!
I ask God to protect mom and you, and to give us more time to enjoy life and to travel together in the near future.
Happy birthday my dear dad!!
Your beloved, daughter and friend…