Thursday, January 3, 2013

Letter I Sent Two Weeks Ago

Dear Uncle Tom,
 
I am sorry that it took a long time to respond to your email. I actually found both of them in my spam mail folder.
 
Thanks for the touching description of my father. He is a huge part of my life as well: I have always tried my best to be like him. He was selfless and compassionate. He sacrificed his own needs just to make sure that all three of us have a proper education—something that I know he wanted but could not have because he had to help raise a big family.
 
I know he loved me and my partner. My last memory of him is him showing off my partner Steven to all of his friends. My only regret is not taking him to Adelaide with us for a visit. He was supposed to catch blue swimmer crabs with us and do some line fishing. I was supposed to show him our home and my job (educating disadvantaged adults). I was supposed to show him that all of his sacrifices have paid off.
 
My Tatay was very fond of you. He called you his best friend. I am sorry that he is gone.
 
I am in grief but I know he is in a better place and I have to continue striving to be like him.
 
Regards,
 
Dexter
 

4 comments:

Justin Richards said...

That is a beautiful letter Dexter. I have absolutely no doubt your father is very proud of you and all you have and will achieve. He must have been a very compassionate, generous and accepting man. I'm so very sorry that you didn't get to show him your new life in Australia.

Dexter Mejia said...

Thanks Justin!

Anonymous said...

This was an amazing letter Dexter...very nice.

See you and Steven in about 2 weeks!

Michael

Dexter Mejia said...

Thanks Michael. See you very soon!