This weekend I was supposed to meet-up with some girlfriends in Birmingham. I didn't go because I couldn't afford the trip. Now I desperately wish I had. Then I wouldn't have been here yesterday. I wouldn't have gone to the funeral. I could've lived the rest of my life not knowing.

I know you are probably thinking, "Geez, this is someone you haven't seen in years. You don't keep in touch with his daughter. All right already."

I grew up with very few men in my life. He was one of them. He was a good man in my life when I needed a father figure. He was always kind and loving and safe. He is one of the many people along my life path who helped make me who I am today.

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