One year ago today, I found out you were gone.
I knew something was wrong, but you were so far away.
You didn’t answer your phone.
When I picked up the phone that night, I already knew.
Uncle Charlie told me what I already knew.
Our path was complicated, Daddy,
Filled with twists and turns.
But I’ll always remember being a little girl,
Goin’ 4-wheelin’ with you,
Eatin’ cheeseburgers with you.
We had so much fun.
As I grew older, we grew apart,
But I never loved you any less.
Those last couple years were a blessing,
Because they brought us back together.
Even if it was only on the phone.
I miss you, Daddy, and I can still hear your voice
Singing country songs.
I sing country songs because you sang them.
I love you, Daddy, and I always will.
Throw a beer back for me up in Heaven,
Won’t you, Daddy?
Say hello to Uncle David
And Grandpa Walter
And Dale Earnhardt.
I love you, Daddy,
And part of your heart’s still here with me.