May 18, 2019
Dear Pa, thank you for your patience. Sometimes I'm also thankful that you keep your distance. It's less stressful. When I was young, I saw you as a balancing force to Ma's in-your-face love (Ma and Pa, I meant that as a compliment). It's impossible to absolutely know of course, how other people's families shaped them, and everyone has their own stories. I don't know how differently me and my brothers were raised, what types of fear and bravery resulted from our childhood. But this I know for sure: You did the best you could. I love you.