Archive for January 19th, 2012

dad n meMy father has always been a huge figure in my life and has been there through all the happy and not so happy times in my life. Since I started blogging, I have really never written anything solely dedicated to him. It feels apt to do so today on his birthday, to tell the world how truly awesome he is.

As his first child, you would have thought that I would have been pampered. Not in the world. Daddy was always firm and strict. As a teacher, to whose care other parents had entrusted their children, there was no way his own child would be undisciplined. He taught me the enduring lessons of hard work and sincerity, of humility and dedication. He introduced me to God and told me how it was important to love and treat every other person with fairness and equity. I have seen him sacrifice a lot for me and my siblings to live a better life than he did.  He had other career dreams for me but has nonetheless shown his support for my writing and other varying interests. Above all, he is a loving husband to my Mum and a most carrying father to his 4 children and an endless list of nieces, nephews, cousins, former students and proteges. I am so proud to share his name.

No birthday cards, wishes, greetings or messages can express in words the amount of love and respect I have for you Dad. There are some memories in life that remain for a short time while others stick with you forever. I cherish all the times I’ve spent with you and they are going to remain sweet memories for the rest of my life.

Here’s my humble attempt at giving you a very warm greeting on this special day. Happy Birthday, dear dad. May this be the beginning of yet another wonderful year in your life. I love you and will always work to make you proud!

Your Son,

Nnagozie Chikwenze Sylva.

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