I made a card for Dad just before they found the cancer, because I wanted him to know how I felt. I am so glad I did....before he passed....... no special occassion. If any of you haven't told your loved ones how you feel, please don't wait any longer. This is what I wrote in the card:
During the years I was growing up, I didn't see or realize that you were the parent that raised me, gave me high standards and moral values that will last my life time.
I can not find words strong enough to tell you how much I love and respect you.
I haven't thanked you enough for teaching me to be an honest person or told you how much I appreciate all that you have done for me, nor have I said, "I Love You" with words instead of with my actions.
Growing up with you has been the best years of my life. My children and grandchildren are the best part of the rest of my life.
Whether or not I have told you or that you already know, I want to say that you have been with me every step of the way, guiding me and also comforting me, because you are my hero and my Dad.
I love you. I respect you. I thank you. I say these words with unconditional love - the kind of love you taught me.