August 5, 2021

A Letter to an Ex’s Daughter.

I saw you at the shop yesterday. You probably don’t remember me.

It has been almost a decade since we last played.

You were in my life for a short time, but I loved you wholeheartedly. Your smile brought a light to my life that I never knew I needed. I doted on you and protected you as if you were my own, but took you on adventures like you were a best friend.

Your eyes lit up whenever you saw me. I knew you loved me too.

In that moment, I knew that I’d do anything for you. I wanted to be somebody you could confide in and give you advice. I wanted to watch you grow from a beautiful little girl into a complete individual.

Alas, that wasn’t to be. I lost you a long time ago—through no fault of your own.

I was young and didn’t contemplate the reality of never seeing you again. As time passed by, I missed you so much. And after all this time, I still do.

There is still a place in my heart for you.

I’ve missed a lot in that time that I wish I hadn’t. Despite what happened, I wished I could have stayed in your life somehow. Things have turned out this way because they had to, but I know that I will always love and miss you.

I hope that you are happy. I know that you are surrounded by love.

You have always been a special girl and that won’t ever change. I imagine you are still smart, still self-assured. I imagine your smile is still illuminating and your heart still kind.

I must continue to love you from a distance—that will never change. The impact you left on my heart will be carried with me for the rest of my days. You are an amazing girl who deserves all the love you are surrounded by.

I feel fortunate that I had your love, even if it was for just a short time.


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