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The questions I want to ask my dad are a little left field but I didn’t realise that I didn’t know much about his childhood and life before Mum and Dad had children.

This is what inspired me to start writing the questions.

Things I want to know

I wanted to ask him:

Where he was born?

Where did he go to school?

Did he enjoy life?

and many other questions that I continue to write.

My Dad was an entertaining story teller, however I didn’t record them anywhere and as I get older, they’re fading from my memory.

A few memories

These are a few memories I have of my dad. He supported me through so much. It’s surprising what he supported me through.

Some of his support moments

Relationship difficulties
Death of my children
Raising my children
all the things that are usually attributed to mother’s.

I thought I was his favourite child

My dad was gentle, caring, loving, nurturing and I only found out that I wasn’t his favourite child after he died.

We were at a party, I don’t remember where or who’s it was or why we were having a party. However, during this party I remember vividly overhearing one of my siblings telling someone that they were Dad’s favourite child. There were quite a few people at this party, when our extended family gets together it’s loud. As if from no-where we all heard one saying they were his favourite and we all appeared. We were all huddled in the centre of this huge hall arguing that each of us were his favourite. All tongue in cheek of course, or was it because I know I was his favourite tee hee hee.

Looking back on it, it was a precious memory because none of us felt less than the other. He was a pretty special man, loved us equally, was calm and a font of all knowledge. He died in December 1989 and I still miss him every day.

The wrap

I hope this inspires you to write about your dad, whether he’s here on this Earth or not or not in your life now. Remember grief never leaves you, it just changes shape and you learn to live your life alongside it. Be kind to yourself this Father’s Day.

What questions would you like to ask your dad or father figure?

Take a moment to reflect and maybe even write them down. Here are some resources that might inspire you further:

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