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1st Christmas Without Daddy
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Monday, December 15, 2008
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... All I know, lonely down here. ....

Image (c) 2008, Karla Dorman

Dear Daddy,

What's it like up there?  All I know,
lonely down here.  No decorations:
don't really feel like celebrating, not
without you.  You loved this time of
year:  remember the tree that was
too big to fit in the living room?  And
when we were eight years old:  look!
Santa's bootprints leading from the
fireplace to the table where we had
laid out his snacks and milk to the
tree and back again:  what a mess
Mommy had to clean up.  That was
you, wasn't it, wanting to make it a
Christmas to remember?  Forty one
years later, still do.  The expression
on Karen's face when she saw that
polar bear - didn't need the flash on
the camera, the way the light from 
her smile filled the room.  Of course,
older sister ruined it, saying there
was no such thing as Santa.  But I
still believe ... when I moved away,
the calls, telling me it was snowing:
haven't seen a White Christmas in
forever.  Telling me you loved and
missed me:  not half as much as I
miss you, Daddy.  Especially now.
My tears the only present I can
give you:  say Hello to Jesus for me.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla  XOXOXO

(c) 2008, Karla Dorman (12/15)

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Reviewed by Charlene Iverson 12/29/2012
A heartbreaking story. Well done. Keep the fond memories.
Charlene Iverson
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 12/19/2008
SUch a beautiful expression of love for your father, Karla.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 12/17/2008
very touching story Karla, really heart felt, LoveBwithU
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/16/2008
This one pulls on the heart-strings, Karla. No one can take those memories away:)
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 12/16/2008
So touching Karla!!!! * tears*
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill 12/16/2008
Big hugs for you and sis. I know the pain won't go away but still -- he's around. Especially this time of year.

Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 12/16/2008
Oh Karla, this is so sad to read....((HUGS)) Love Holly
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/16/2008
Wonderful memories, and very often, it's those memories that help us through.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/15/2008
Oh Karla, how you bring tears to my eyes with this sentimental and very loving piece with expressions of such deep heartache that will linger on for awhile. Savor your father's love and memories and carry them with you always...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/15/2008
It is so hard to lose a parent..and the Holidays are not the same.. but we must march on....the beautiful memories live on forever,
as they are embraced in this beautiful poem.
Love, Christine
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/15/2008
Such an endearing warm heartfelt expression of love in this exquisite remembrance, Karla! Beautifully done! If he loved
Christmas, he'd want you to keep it too...

Love and hugs,
Reviewed by Jon Willey 12/15/2008
the celebration of Christmas must gone on Karla -- regardless of the fact that we miss the family and loved ones no longer with us to celebrate -- His birth, brought light to the gift of love -- I too will celebrate my first Christmas in 66 years, without my father, this year -- I cannot fill his void -- but I can celebrate the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ -- peace and love to you my dear friend -- JMW
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/15/2008
Lovely fromt he heart write that I am sure your Dad is listening to and smiling for you.

Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 12/15/2008
This is a beautiful heartfelt write Karla. May peace envelop you.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/15/2008
O, Karla~

This is heartfelt and so sad! We are grieving still for daddy; we don't really feel the joy of Christmas without him in our lives. Yet he is still with us, and he's with mom; we have two guardian angels keeping watch over us. Very well expressed emotion; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Linda Law 12/15/2008
Karla, this is touching and expresses so well what you and many others feel this Christmas...with the loss of a very dear loved one still so fresh... I hope that you and Karen, and Lois and J. Allen and Carol, and many others will be touched with the love that they send us from afar.. lindalaw
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/15/2008
Karla this is a beautiful touching write, I am sorry for your loss
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 12/15/2008
It was so hard to mre to to bear Christmas without Tom in 2008 the first year after his passing. But this year am quite excited more so about Christmas. He would want it that way. Anyway thanks for sharing your first Christmas without Daddy and with each other's support we'll get through the long Christmases to come too. Love, Lois C.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 12/15/2008
deeply touching and besides, you have only one year to go to 50. You are catching me up but you cant. im two miles ahead of you.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/15/2008
Hello Karla~!

Pulled at my heartstrings dear friend - I feel for what you're expressing here!!

LOve & Hugs,

Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/15/2008
Tough times and a time for tears for your loss. Sorry. Very well penned. Liz
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 12/15/2008
I've been nursing my dad this past week as he was down with a virus...He's mending well now...but, I am so, so thankful he's still here! At 84, it crosses my mind, but I quickly diverse those thoughts...just how long will God keep him here with us? I hope FOREVER! :)
A fine tribute to your daddy, Karla...they make a difference, Dad's do! :)
Love and PEace~
Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! I have no tree, decorations, etc either...Let's get creative! :)
Reviewed by Cryssa C 12/15/2008
This brought tears to my eyes. The pain is fresh... It brought thoughts of my dad who was supposed to spend Christmas with our family, but due to a hospital stint this past weekend due to a bleeding ulcer, will not be able to come. I already mourn what we will miss...not having him here with us. It was the first Thanksgiving without my mom that was incredibly hard on me. This poem also brought back lots of wonderful Christmas memories when I was young... Thanks for sharing, Karla.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/15/2008
Very nice . . . 'Nuff said . . .
Reviewed by Dale Clark 12/15/2008
Wonderful tribute to your Dad.
This will be the second without mine,
know how it feels, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/15/2008
I echo what Bonnie, William and George have said Karla. Well done my friend and God bless.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 12/15/2008
Even if a physical presence isn't there, Dad will be always beside you, hearing what you say and reading what you think, because his daughters will be always his little girls.


Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/15/2008
thank you Karla
for bringing past memories to me too
In my child hood days before Santa
Being from the Caribbean, it was the Three Kings
that came bearing gifts...
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Bonnie May 12/15/2008
So touching Karla, but I can think of a super gift to give your dad this Christmas...a big smile. Lovely painful write. Love and big hugs, Bonnie

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