I was a very young girl when you and Mom separated, somewhere around 2 or 3 years old. My last memories were when you had me on your shoulders and you were going outside and I hit my head on Grandma Smith's doorway. I also have memories of the puppy boxer. There is a picture of it in this book.
Years down the road I met my friend's Mom who said that she knew a man that could be my birth father, it really took me by surprise! Later on I ended up in Lancaster, S.C. I knocked on your door at around 3.30am, and you opened the door. There stood a man that I knew was my Dad from birth. I can't say how I felt. We began our bound right at that point. You and I never brought up the past. I stayed in Lancaster for some time and our relationship grew into a very special thing. I learned that you should always keep an opened mind. I learned then that I had found what I was looking for… my Father!
Years passed, I got married and had two great kids. Dereck was my first born and Amber is my youngest. I wish that you could have had more time in getting to know my children. I am grateful that you and Chris got to know Amber and she loves her “PawPaw.”
You and Chris came to my house around the year 2000. I had moved to Applewood Drive at that point. My brother Dean was watching my kids and called my job to say that you were here in Hampton, Virginia. I left my job and rushed home because I thought that my brother was playing a trick on me. But he wasn't, you and Chris were here! I was so excited to see you at my home. I was able to show you what I had accomplished in my life. You and Chris said that you were so proud of me and that meant the world to me. You two came back a couple more times till you got sick. We always would call each other over the years and always sent cards and pictures. I really missed you Dad and in February 2013, Amber and I came to Lancaster, S.C. to visit with you. I will never forget our time together. Staying up late into the morning just talking over all the times we missed. I will never forget your laugh and how you would watch every move that I made. We went to an auction. Amber and I had a blast. You told everyone who we were and I could see how proud you were. This was a very special thing to see from you. I know that you have always loved me, it was just the way things went. You had a picture that you kept in your wallet up till just a month ago of Billy and me when we were just little kids, probably right around the time you last saw us. When you told me about that picture. I just wanted to break down and cry. My heart was filled with love knowing that you had that all these years. I thank God that He brought us together.
I will never forget our time together and the LOVE that we shared. You helped me with finding out things from my pass and meeting family that I never knew.
Getting the call to come back to Lancaster, then Charleston, S.C. was the hardest thing ever. My heart just about stopped. We drove as fast as we could to get to you Dad. We just made it too. When Amber and I walked up to your hospital door, I could feel that God was near. I walked up to your bed and said, “Daddy I am here.” You opened your eyes as wide as you could and tried to speak to me. I held your hand and told you that I was there and so was Amber. You did the same for her too! We both know that you were telling us for the last time that you loved us. This was so hard, but I knew that you were aware that we were there. Thank you Daddy and PawPaw for waiting so that we could see you one more time and for giving us the chance to say, “ I LOVE You!”
Till we see you again Daddy, remember that I am very proud of you too and I am glad to be your daughter!
God Bless & I Love You,
Debra Sue(McIntyre) Nair