When Mother was pregnant with me, you would sing me to sleep every night.
Your cheek would nestle against her stomach, and I would hear your soft songs and fall asleep.
When I was born, I came out screaming.
You said my name and I stopped crying, mesmerized by the voice I recognized from your songs.
My first memory is of you and your smile under a big, bright blue sky.
The sound of your laughter as you played with me is ingrained in my memory, along with the song you sang:
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.”
Your voice would guide me as I grew older, making me laugh, making me cry, inspiring and maddening in equal measures.
Now, your voice is one of the things I know and love best in this world.
I know your encouragement, even before you speak it. I know your support and love before you open your mouth.
Thank you, Daddy, for being one of the voices in my head, for your love, for your laugh.
I love you, Daddy! You’re my sunshine, too.