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A Good Father Is Such a Gift — Even When Time Is Short

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Today is my father’s birthday. It’s been a long time since I could celebrate it with him with a gift. I vaguely remember wanting to make a cake the first year after he died, just nine days into 2000. But I really didn’t see the point in it. I just wanted to mark the day as something beautiful, even in my raw grief.

I’m getting closer to the age he died (52 — I had no idea just how young that was in my early 20s). He dropped dead one Sunday morning, thinking he merely had indigestion — we found the antacids. It took me over........

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