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“Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”

— Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), from The Shawshank Redemption

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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” — ‘Atticus Finch’ from To Kill a Mockingbird

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I tried to do just that for you, Lili. I wish I could have won that one. All I ever wanted was to be a part of your life, and to protect your identity and your name.

Daddy  XOXOXOX

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Love cannot be measured until the hour of parting.”

— Kwai Chang Caine

 

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Your Dad loves you with all his heart. Always has. Always will.

Your Dad never abandoned you.

Your Dad would be in your life if he could be.

Your Dad tried very hard to be a part of your life.

Your Dad fought for you in court and through his government.

Your Dad misses you every day.

Your Dad cherishes every moment he got to spend with you.

Your Dad is not the person you may have come to believe he is.

Your Dad has his faults, like everybody else, but he’s basically a good guy.

Your Dad will always be there for you should you decide to come around someday.

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Dear Lili,

I had a dream about you last night. I was down in Florida at Nonnie and Poppie’s house. In the dream, they were still alive and we were having a family get-together. Then the phone rang and Nonnie said it was you! I picked up the phone and talked with you for the first time in over seven years. You told me that it was good for families to be together at holiday time. I asked you if you remembered coming to Florida and going to Disney World with me, and you said you did. In your voice I could hear that you wanted to see your Daddy again.

But then I woke up and realized that it was all a dream. I’ve had that kind of dream before where you and I are family again, but upon awakening I discover of course that it wasn’t real. These are what I call the “Good Dreams Gone Bad”. And when they happen I always wake up with tears in my eyes.

I miss you so much, bubby. I wish you could look into my heart and see just how much I love you.

You’re always in my heart.

Daddy

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Dearest Lili,

Happy New Year 2012! 明けましておめでとうございます。

I’m thinking about you always and wishing that 2012 is the year when the two of us will be reunited again, as a father and daughter ought to be.

You are always in my heart.

Love always,

Daddy XOXOXOXOXOXOX

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