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Sweet Sixteen Cake

June 30, 2014

Dear Lili,

Happy Sweet Sixteenth Birthday, Sweetheart. As always, I wish I were there to share your birthday with you! I can only imagine what a lovely young lady you have become. I can hardly believe you’re 16 years old already. Where has all the time gone? It seems like only yesterday when I held you in my arms at Keio University Hospital way back in 1998 and welcomed you into the world as your Daddy.

No matter how many years pass, though, my Daddy’s love for you will never change. You will always be my darling princess, and now, I guess, my teenage queen.

I’d love to send you a present for your birthday, but since I can’t do that, I’ll have to give you a present this way. Here’s a really old Rock ‘n’ Roll song that you might like that celebrates this very special day for you. It’s called “Sixteen Candles” by The Crests.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoOuTSBAWWA

THE CRESTS

“Sixteen Candles”

 by Luther Dixon and Allyson Khen

Happy birthday, happy birthday, baby

Oh, I love you so

Sixteen candles make a lovely light

But not as bright as your eyes tonight

(As your eyes tonight, oh)

Blow out the candles

Make your wish come true

For I’ll be wishing that you love me, too

(That you love me, too)

You’re only sixteen (sixteen)

But you’re my teenage queen

(You’re my queen)

You’re the prettiest

Loveliest girl I’ve ever seen

(I’ve ever seen, oh)

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow

For ever and ever for I love you so

(For I love you so)

You’re only sixteen (sixteen)

But you’re my teenage queen

(You’re my queen)

Oh, you’re the prettiest

Loveliest girl I’ve ever seen

(I’ve ever seen, oh)

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow

For ever and ever for I love you so

(For I love you so)

For I love you so.

 

Anyway, I hope you like it. It’s not much, i know, but it’s all I have to give you now.

My door is always open for you. You don’t have to call or write — just knock on my door and come back to your first home and spend some time with you Dad if you want to. Anytime.

You are always in my heart.

Happy Birthday, Bubby.

Love and Kisses,

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Daddy   :) <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Lili,

It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed already since our last Christmas together. I try hard not to think about how much time has passed, but it’s difficult sometimes. Christmas was always such a special time for us, and this day always makes me think about you in a way that is different from all the rest of the year.

Here are some pictures of that last Christmas in 2003. These are memories I cherish in my heart, and which give me the strength to wait until the day when you may want to be a part of my life again. Until then, know that I have never forgotten about you, and that you always were, and always will be, the most precious thing in the world to me.

Merry Christmas, little one.

Love always and forever,

Your Dad XOXOXOXOXOXOX

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Lili and Daddy - Xmas 2003

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Dear Lili,

You’re my only child, and I miss you every day. Someday, when you become a parent yourself, you will understand the depths to which a parent loves a child. It is the strongest bond in the world, and nothing, not time nor distance, can ever affect that. Were you to show up at my door tomorrow you would find that nothing has changed, and that I am the same guy you used to know, the same guy you laughed and played with, the same guy you loved as a little girl.

Love always and forever,

Daddy :) XXXOOO

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I love you, Lili!

I really do. Believe that. Remember.

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Once Were Daddies

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Undo-kai 6/14/03

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Once Were Daddies

When precious memories are but visions that ensnare,

When the hope we embrace leads to naught but despair,

When peace and deliverance are so many castles in the air,

When playgrounds and old baby shoes are the crosses that we bear.

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Don't Hurt Her

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