Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad! Yes! That is very true. I am a living proof 🙂
Today (March 8th, 2016) makes two years you left this side of the world. I do miss you! I miss a lot about you. I miss your strength, your wisdom, the way you saw beyond your nose and ears 🙂 I miss our father-daughter fights! 🙂 I miss the look on your face when we didn’t agree, and you would reiterate how stubborn I was and mummy would reply you: “iwo lo fi jo!” (She took after you!) 🙂 You know what though? It has brought me thus far and taking me to greater heights in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
I want to thank you for many things dad. I especially want to thank you for all you taught me in words and actions. I want to thank you for your strength, for being able to stand ALONE as long as you stood for truth and justice – I know sometimes it wasn’t easy, but you know what? I am indeed grateful to you for teaching me while passing it on to me, and always telling me not to EVER (mimicking how you would stress the word) give up my beliefs as long as I was sure about them. Dad, it has really helped me. Most times, I have learned, it is better to stand alone in your truth than to follow the crowd. I am glad to have a mind of my own. Yes! I am proud to be a one-woman Army! I love myself and who I have become, and yes, I am always “work in progress.”
I remember you everyday dad! About a week ago, we were driving from the other side of town home, and when we got to the end of our street, the GPS announced our home was half a mile down. Mummy said: “Oh! It is half a mile from here!” I looked at her, and said in your sarcastic tone: “You didn’t know that all these years? You should have asked dad!” 🙂 We both burst into laughter as I said it, and she said: “He probably knew!” Now, the story isn’t over dad! I then made fun of you walking down the street with one of the thousand fashionable canes and hat on the head, counting steps just to figure out how many steps and how long it took you to walk the stretch 🙂 Of course the conversation led to many stories of you. Truly, you were stunningly different Sango! We miss you! Remember the “black dining set” you bought that I did not want in my home because the colour didn’t match and you insisted and I made you pay for since it wasn’t my choice? 🙂 Well, it has come in handy! “Mighty igor” uses the table in his game-room now dad – it matches the furniture there, and he misses “grand-dad” a LOT!
You know I turned the BIG 4 Oh! last month, and I remember our conversations during your first trip to visit me in the States. I had some well-planned itinerary of what I wanted to do by 40. I am glad to let you know that God has definitely been on my side. I can’t complain dad! I sure know you are watching.
You said as long as I did what I am supposed to do, and do right by people, I would not need you dad! You were absolutely right. I have not needed you! Yes, I have definitely missed you, but not needed you dad. Life has been awesome and I can not complain. I have learnt to sort out the real from the fakes dad 🙂 Life experiences has taught me. Some of your words from 2005 – 2008 are coming to pass and I sit, smile and watch with arms folded 🙂 Thank you Sango!
Thank you again dad for your timely words of wisdom. Thank you indeed for our father-daughter fights. Thank you for the opportunity to have a REAL relationship with you dad. Thank you for instilling in me to ALWAYS stand up for what is just and what I believe in regardless of the consequences. Thank you for teaching me to be content with the fruit of my labor and NEVER EVER compare myself to other people. Thank you for teaching me NOT to take what isn’t mine. Daddy, thank you for being MY dad!
Emmanuel Olutayo Adesola Ibirogba, omo alare, omo Obanta, sun re oo! Till we meet to part no more, sleep on my dearest, and STAY NEAR 🙂
Your precious daughter