I wish you were here, alive with us today,
But I know you are here with us in spirit.
I want to tell you how much I love you.
I’ve known you from day one,
When you helped bring me into the world.
I am privileged to call you father.
When I talk to you again in heaven,
I want to tell you that–
Your heroic efforts in Viet Nam are an inspiration,
Inspiring me to serve my country as you did.
I remember fondly watching you work tirelessly,
Wearing that worn tool belt,
Remodeling and building new homes for your family.
I remember fondly all the help you gave to so many people through the years,
To your family and to those in need.
You always were and will always be Santa Claus,
Bringing joy to others through your generosity, smiles,
And unforgettably jolly laugh.
I want to thank you for being there for me,
Traveling over so many miles to be there for the biggest moments of my life.
Last May, fraught with pain,
You drove over 1,000 miles to see me and family one last time.
Your visit will always be etched in my mind.
I will always remember your sacrifices.
Though your life ended much too soon,
I want you to know,
That you have touched the lives of everyone here,
And we know you will always be here with us in spirit,
Until we see you again in heaven.
I love you, dad.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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