I know you are listening Dad and I want to tell you this. God,
how I wish I could go back to the days when I would ask you for money to go to a Notre Dame football game and just a 'little
bit more' to get into the C.A.Y. dance afterwards. I wish I could go back in time and hear you say, "Will a 'Nickel'
do?" Smiles. I wish I could go back and not do some of the things that made you angry/disapointed with me when
I was the 'rebellious' daughter in the family. I wish all those times you gave me advice or the times you chose
to refrain from giving me advice on my relationships could be relived. You were the best. But I can't. You
were the best Dad because you had such a light heart about everything. You always knew what was important and what wasn't
so important; what to agree on and what we could agree to disagree on. Although, you didn't like it when I went
against 'your' politics. Smiles again. I only know that we came to respect each other and love each other more
as I grew older and I will always remember that. I loved 'growing up' because I felt like I could be an 'equal' with
you. You treated me as your equal even though we disagreed on things. And as our country is in a bitter debate
about the elections I'm thinking about you Dad. I think the most important thing you ever did as my father was to teach
me about being my own person , even if that meant I cancelled your vote, smiles.
Kidding aside, the thing you taught me most Daddy is how to love.
I can do that because of you. I miss you Dad! Love, your Mendydoll