To my pappy:

Mom is keeping us updated on your health and she’s recently told us that if there was something we wanted to say, we better say it. Tonight she called to let us know you’ve declined since the 24 hours we’ve last seen you.

At first I thought I had said everything I wanted to say, that I love you and I’m going to miss you more than you know. But then I started thinking and even though I may have told you before, I haven’t told you lately … and I wanted to be sure you knew.

Pappy, daddy, dad, Wayne and you old frog …

Thank you. Thank you so much for being who you are. You’ve taught me and shown me so many things. Unconditional love was second nature to you and I can’t thank you enough for the oppertunities you’ve brought to us and the memories you’ve made with us.

I love you dad – I’m so afraid of you not being here for me to talk to. I’m scared that I’ll forget you in 10 or 20 years, I’m scared that my baby will miss out on one of the most important people in my life.

Who’s going to dance with me on my birthday? It was our tradition, you and me , butterfly kisses in the background, tears in our eyes … just dancing.

Oh, pappy – my heart hurts so much, I used to think you were crazy when you used that expretion but I get it now, I get alot of things now. Like what you meant when you said, I’d understand one day, or that I’ll grow up fast enough so take it slow, enjoy the ride.

Do you remember mentos? Oh, I think I’ve eaten those right out of style. Every Sudnay we’d stop at Clark gas station and get a mentos for church. Jill and I liked the fruity ones and you and mom got the cinnamon. You even used to put them in my lunch so I wouldn’t forget you were thinking about me during the day. I was definitely center of the “trade ya my fruit rollup or swiis cake roll for your mentos?!?!” at lunch time.

There’s so much more to say but at the same time there’s nothing to say at all.

Would you dance with me one more time, pappy?

There’s two things I know for sure
She was sent here from Heaven
And she’s daddys little girl
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes
And I thank God for all of the joy in my life
Oh but most of all

For butterlfy kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin little white flowers all up in her hair
Walk beside the pony dady
It’s my first ride
I know the cake looks funny daddy
But i sure tried
Oh with all that I’ve done wrong
I must have done something right
TO deseve a hug every mornin
And butterfly kisses at night

Sweet 16 today
She’s lookin like her mama
A little more every day
One part woman
The other part girl
To perfume and mke up
From ribbons and curls
Trying her wongs out in a great big world
But I remember

Butterlfy kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin little white flowers all up in her hair
You know how much I love you dady
But if you don’t mind
I’m only gonna kiss you on the check this time
Oh with all that I’ve done wrong
I muct have done something right
To deserve her love every mornin
And butterfly kisses at night

All the precious time
Like the wind the years go by
Precious Butterfly
Spread yuor wings and fly

She’ll change her name today
She’ll make a promise and I’ll give her aways
Standing in the bride room just starin at her
She asked me what I’m thinkin
And I said I’m not sure
I just feel like I’m loosin my baby girl
And she leaned over

And gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there
Stickin little white flowers all up in her hair
Walk me down the isle daddy
It’s just about time
Does my wedding gown look pretty daddy?
Daddys don’t cry
Oh with all that I’ve done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve her love every mornin and butterfly kisses
I couldn’t ask GOd for more than this is what love is
I know I’ve got to let her go but I’ll always remember
Every hug in the mornin and butterly kisses