To Grieving Fathers on Father’s Day

Whether you began here

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or here,

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your goal was this

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and eventually this.

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But something went terribly wrong.

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So you’ve spent more time here

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and here

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than you planned.

When they call to ask about her,

you tell them.

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When they neglect to ask about you,

you think, It’s okay. I’m okay.

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And when they say things like:

“God has a plan”

“Time heals all wounds”

“Everything happens for a reason”

you remember they say it for themselves.

Because…

there. are. no. words.

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You try to give her this

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and this,

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but nothing helps.

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And you find yourself here

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caught between these.

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You remember life before,

when this word was everywhere

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instead of this one.

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And the two of you looked like this

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instead of this.

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Wherever you are on your journey…

whether you’ve chosen this

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or this,

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I hope you’ve found a way to honor your babies

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and each other.

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*All images are public domain images, unless marked with a Blooming Spiders URL stamp*

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