My dad passed away when I was 15 just about to turn 16.
He was the type of person that everybody loved to be around
I was 11 years old when my mom passed away, she was just a very
bright light to my life.
Something very different that I would never imagine that
And if there was one thing I could say to my dad, it would be that
I miss her so much that it's been hard, but I've been doing ok
And I'm gonna keep being ok.
Was here for your love.
Your mommy's always with you.
I bet she was happy to see a beautiful smile.
Welcome her home throughout the time that you've been away
I've made some amazing friends.
Daddy, people that have supported me and love me in ways.
I don't know if I deserve.
I wish you could have met them because I'm super lucky to have
them in my life to see you taught me all I needed.
To know in the time that you were here, my integrity, my compassion
my respect, and my kindness, my conditional love all come
I hope you look down on me and smile because not one single day
I don't think about you.
I think uh it's important because you're passing down history
and through oral stories, you, you pass down history and you
know, you see, and you, you feel the struggle.
I it was late at night and I couldn't sleep and I was like, OK
let me write this down and like, um like just have everything
Um And it, it was nice, I mean, I know he's always here and like
he sees everything going on.
Um But it was still nice to, to tell him um at least from my perspective
of things um because there's a lot that I wish he could um seen
and like, meet my friends.
And um so it was just, it was good to like get it on paper.
It's, it's critical and it's important and essential to hear
that story because it molds you and shapes you who you are and
You wanna be better for, for the next generation to come.
My mom was very different compared to like any other people
She was very different everywhere that she went.
She was so memorable.
Everyone remembered her because she was so funny, you know
the things she'll say.
Um So it's funny but I think the, when this happened, he was
a little bit further into um, so he was diabetic and had a lot
of complications with that.
Um And one of them being like his eyesight was starting to go
So I remember um we were like at this doughnut shop and somebody
was talking to him about like work.
He had like a 40 minute conversation with this person.
So, um like they said their goodbyes, everything.
And then I was like, dad, who was that?
And he was like, I don't know.
So he just like that, like, um combined with just like his funny
personality was something that we keep, like, recalling
like years from now.