An Open Letter to Shizhe'e (My Father): The Sins of Fathers Don't Pass To Daughters
Start writing a post

An Open Letter to Shizhe'e (My Father): The Sins of Fathers Don't Pass To Daughters

I hope you come across this one day because I don't know if I'll ever be ready to say this in person.

An Open Letter to Shizhe'e (My Father): The Sins of Fathers Don't Pass To Daughters

Hey Dad,

How are you? How have you been? I can't remember the last time where we talked as if everything hadn't changed dramatically. I remember our last conversation and I'm not proud of it, but I don't want this to be a letter full of regrets or sadness (though it may leave both of us feeling that way).

I'm writing this to you because I'm getting older and you're getting older. I don't know how much time will pass where I'll be able to fully forgive you, heal, and feel comfortable around you again. In the past, I've written countless letters that I knew I would never send, but putting my feelings on paper and reading them later helped me understand how I felt and how to move forward.

It's getting to be that time where new beginnings are possible as the seasons change. Like the cottonwoods at home and the tall red oaks here, I want to let things go in a beautiful way and let the leaves fall where they choose or where they fall accidentally.

So here it goes... I will always love you. You know that and I know at one point, we both took that love for granted.

I can't imagine what you've seen, heard, or felt in your life. You only let me see so much and I think with good reason. I know you've seen some traumatic things. You've endured the trauma and you've never dealt or healed from it either.

You identify as a fighter through and through you've found yourself in this combative defensive role. I know you suffer from PTSD and other mental illnesses. I'm not calling you sick. I'm calling you in need of healing and of help.

You used to remind me that things happen for a reason. You always went between this philosophy of deserving something through struggle or pain, while advocating for a sense of fate or having a set outcome to something. I understood it but I find myself realizing that nothing is permanent and that is okay.

You taught me a lot and honestly, you put me through a lot. You put mom through a lot. You went through a lot. Regardless, I understand you and I don't understand you.

Your actions have shown me that you are just as confused about yourself. I see that. I see you. As your daughter, I know that you've played with forms of power and have succumbed to all types of it. Deep down, I know you crave solace and acceptance. It's why you stayed around home, it's what you know.

You stay in uncomfort with your demons and your pain because in a way, maybe that became your comfort.

But... no matter the state you are, no matter what you've done, no matter who has hurt you, no matter who you've helped or harmed, no matter the time passed, no matter where you are, no matter the infinite what ifs that plague you - you control yourself.

Honestly, the biggest thing I want for you to do is to heal. I want you to heal and grow into the best person you want to be. I remember you as that person as well. I'm going to show you the person I remember and the rest is up to you.


I will love you because you played with me when there was no one else to play with.

I love you because you taught me how to fight - fight to defend myself, fight for my own beliefs, and fight demons that were never mine to battle.

I love you because you told me incredible, heartbreaking, and wondrous stories.

I love you because you were my best friend, my hero, and my unwaivering protector.

I love you because we had a genuine father-daughter bond that remains but is fractured.

I love you because you gave me my sister (that I've always wanted).

I love you because I know you loved my mother.

I love you because you gave me invaluable teachings.

I love you because you made me laugh to where I had to pee.

I love you because you showed me that anyone can change if they really wanted to.

I love you because you showed that even the monsters in the dark are afraid of something.

I love you because you saw my beauty before I did.

I love you because you showed me how even the strongest people can be broken, but have the potential to heal.

I love you because I know you still protect and love me.

I love you despite hurting you.

I love you despite the time passed.

I never called you shizhe'e, but I should have. The list continues, but you know the other reasons. I love you daddy. Please don't give up and know that you still have a lot of love for you despite everything. I love you but you need to get it together.

In the meantime, I want to remind you that you're not a bad person. You've done bad things, but you're good no matter what. I hope you can learn to love yourself. There's a purpose for you. There's a future for you. There's more to your story.

Ashiine' shizhe'e. Take care.

- Bubs

From Your Site Articles
Related Articles Around the Web
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

10 Holiday Drinks to Spice Up this December's Movie Binge

After all, isn't it the season of drinking...?

10 Holiday Drinks to Spice Up this December's Movie Binge

Thanksgiving has officially ended which means we are in preparation for the final holidays of the year. December is a busy month, filled with shopping and sales, wrapping gifts, planning family gathering and parties, cooking and baking, holiday movies, and of course, lots of drinking. I know that I will be spending a lot of December watching the ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas,

Keep Reading... Show less

Planning Another Christmas Party

Don't just plan another plain party but get creative to have everyone wanting to come back next year!

Getty Famous

You know it's Christmas when the radio stations change to all of your favorite holiday tunes, the air is still, and stores have the best sales. With all my favorite things from Christmas happening my least favorite probably has to be when I have to go to another same old boring Christmas party that I get invited to every year. Here are some Christmas party ideas so that you won't have another sad Christmas party.

Keep Reading... Show less

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

For Young Players Who Want to Succeed at The Next Level

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

Whose choice is it? The parent? The player? There are a number of reasons that a kid may sit out of high school soccer, and to be completely honest; It is a huge mistake. High school soccer is the final piece in the puzzle that takes a player from above average or elite, to college ready by the end of their senior year. Every year thousands of talented athletes don't play for their high schools. Why though?

Keep Reading... Show less

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less

Fall Weather Must-Haves

Put away the swim suits and your favorite high-waisted shorts!


The transitional months of fall can cause some fashion headaches as you try to figure out what clothing to keep in your closet. With limited amount of college living space and the ever-unpredictable Nebraska weather, sometimes it’s difficult to know what should be taking up that precious closet space as you transition into winter. As you pack away those tanks and shorts for the chilly months ahead, get your closet ready with a few Fall must-haves. 

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments