Perfect Strangers...

I'm pretty sure that the man pictured above is a stranger to all of you.  He is a stranger to me.  I don't know where he lives.  I don't know his favorite color.  I don't know what kind of music, movies or food he likes.  I don't even know his political or religious beliefs,

These may not seem like very important details, but they are things that a daughter would (and should) know about her father.

Yes, the man in the picture is my father,  And the only thing that I know about him is that today (June 14th) is his birthday.  Every year, I say a little prayer and wish him nothing but joy and happiness.

So, where ever you might be...Happy Birthday, Dad!



  1. Oh that is so sad.
    My dad is no longer alive and I miss him everyday.
    Take care.

  2. Oh, Leslie, that's too bad. More for him than for you. You seem to have overcome it, created a beautiful life for yourself, and have a healthy attitude about him.
    Good for you!

  3. No matter how old we are we think about the unconditional love of our parents. Your post will stir feelings in many people.

    My mother died when I was 4. I basically lost my Dad at that time too. While I do know where he is right now, I could not answer any of the questions you posed.

    When Oldest Son turned 4, I had a revelation. Thankful for both parents loving and caring for me until I was 4 years old. I was fortunate to get that foundation that probably carried me through the unstable years afterwards.

  4. You are such a beautiful woman Leslie. Inside and out. :-) God WILL bless your prayers.


  5. is that you in the picture?

    i believe that people in our lives are there for a reason. if, for some reason, they're not anymore, maybe it was time to move on.

  6. I agree with Cheri, that is sooo very true. Leslie...big hugssss mama!

  7. Awww...Leslie, that was a really good blog amiga. You rock girl.... :)

  8. I found this very touching Leslie.

  9. I had the same thoughts as you for so many years. He disappeared sometime in the 70's and then found me via the internet in the late 90's. He was a "part" of my life until he passed away a couple months ago and I still never really "knew" him. The not knowing is the hardest part and even now, I understand what you mean.

  10. How funny that your comment was above mine AGAIN on SITS today! It's destiny - it must mean I should follow you =]

    Lovely post.

  11. So sorry about your loss of never knowing your father. Sweet that you honor him on his day. My father died some years ago. I dreamt of him last night. I may have to write a Father's Day tribute for him. Best wishes for a peaceful sorta day.

  12. You touched my heart in a way, many woman couldn't understand. My Father didn't come into my life until I was 16, by that time he had 2 sons. I tried to have a relationship with him, but money was more important. Though we spent time together, he in Los Angeles, me in Florida, it never worked out. I wanted a "Daddy", and he wanted money. There is nothing more important in a girls life than her Father, we may have missed out, but we seem to both have been blessed with wonderful families and happy lives. Keep smiling and doing what you do. God Bless!!!!

  13. Ladies, thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement. :)

    Brenda: I truly am sorry for your loss. Hugs to you!

    MT: I feel sadder for him too. He is missing out on a fantastic daughter and 4 amazing grandkids.

    AMM: I am so sorry to hear about your mom. And your dad. I'm thankful that I got to live with my dad, even if it was for a couple of months. Those are the memories that are going to last forever. :)

    CHERI: Yes, that is me in the picture. :)

    KRYSTAL: You nailed it, sweetie. The not knowing is what hurts the most. That and the wondering...Does he think of me? Does he even remember me?

    LAURIE: I hope you do write that Father's Day tribute to your dad.

    DESERT DREAMING: I sometimes wonder if my dad had more kids. It was one of the first things that I asked my paternal grandmother when I spoke to her almost 20 years ago. It was also the first thing my mom asked my dad when she ran into him about 6 years ago. (The answer was no.)

    And yes, we are blessed with amazing families!:) God bless you! :)

  14. Wow Leslie, What an open heart you have to say a special prayer for him each year.  Sending you *big hugs*.  You are such an awesome mother, wife, and woman.  Although we may not know why we go through certain things in life, there are reasons and lessons and one day it will all make sense.  Thanks for sharing!