The crowing of the rooster in Limay, Bataan on April 8, 2003 was a special sound, and I knew the day would be out of the ordinary. But the day was the same as most, sun shining and hot in the Philippines. The morning came and went without anything spectacular happening as well the afternoon and evening, nothing happened.
But then at precisely nine minutes past midnight on April 9, 2003 you entered, unexpectedly, into the world! Stephanie, you were a little early (one and a half months) and so nothing was prepared for your arrival.
The love and close bond that we have is unexplainable to most because our type of unconditional love is rare. I myself was reminded as I went to the refrig
erator to get a bottle of water. On the door of the ‘fridge were four heart–shaped sticky notes and on each one hand written missives from your heart to mine; I was touched so deeply.
I read them and immediately felt guilty for ever raising my voice to you. I embarrass you at times, I know, and I feel terrible for doing so. I really do wish I could walk normal again, or even speak more clearly. You have a Father who is past his prime and is disabled more than most. However, you also have a Father whose love for his daughter is greater than most.
Only you and I know the troubles and obstacles we’ve overcome in your nine years. Yet, the joys and triumphs far outweigh the rough moments. And you are
still the only girl on the planet to make me laugh! Or cry…or…you are my world. Thank you for the “Heart-shaped notes”, on the fridge.
I love you,