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First Love Never Dies ♥

They say that a father is a son's first hero and a daughter's first love. It must be true because Papa has always been my first love, and Lolo Amen, my first hero. :)

I won't share much because I might end up crying again, because I miss them terribly, but suffice to say, I am so blessed to have a father as loving, as nurturing, as faithful, and as responsible as Papa. 

Three of my maternal aunts remained single by choice and their common reason is that they have never met someone like my father. And I agree with them, Papa is my benchmark, too. But I know very well that I won't find another Heide Escuadero Garnica. Nag-iisa lang ang tatay ko! I am sure though that if I'm going to marry, he would have to be just like Papa - loving, nurturing, faithful, and responsible. 

Lolo Amen had only one reminder to his daughters (and to me, being the eldest granddaughter) - marry someone responsible. By that he meant someone who can manage his time well, who can provide, who can decide for himself (and makes sound decisions), who can lead the family, who can bring me closer to the Lord, who can support me and help me become my best self. And again, I am just so blessed to have that person for a father. :)

No wonder Lolo Amen sacrificed his own life for Papa. Because he knew I need a man who would teach me how to love and how I should be loved. I need a man who would appreciate me at my best and encourage me at my worst. I need a man who would give his whole life for me. I need a man who would think of my well-being first before his own. 

I have met amazing men and have become good friends with some of them but none of them, not even my future husband, will ever claim the title that only (and rightfully) belongs to Papa: my first and endless love. We don't have a perfect father-daughter relationship, but he will always be my first true love. :) 

This post may be a day late for Father's day, but I believe that our fathers deserve to be honored every single day. Because whether we like it or not, without them, we wouldn't be here. God made us live through our fathers (and mothers), and so it is but proper to thank and honor them.

Belated Happy Father's Day to all the great men who have loved us, protected us, and provided for us! Special greetings to my beloved Papa! I love you and I miss you so much! Please get well soon. Remember, you still have to walk me down the aisle. ♥


and forever...

you will always be my first true love, Papa! ♥

P.S. If you're reading this, please say a prayer for my Papa Henry - that he would live long and healthy and that he would be protected from any harm. Thank you and God bless you more! :)

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