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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Passport (07/25/05)

TITLE: Letting Go
By Kurt Youngdale


Jennifer Smiled. I felt something stir inside me. That always happens to me when she smiles. I snapped the picture. She gave me a hug and I didn’t want to let go of her. Of course I had to let go, in more ways than one. There is a point in time when you wish you could keep things the way they are but time passes you by. Instead of the fine young woman she had become, I wanted her to still be my little girl, the little girl who would curl up next to me and insist on being read a story, the little girl who wanted to go on errands with me just to be with her daddy.

I felt a tear well up in my eye. “Are you ok daddy?” She asked in a tender voice.
“Have I told you I loved you yet today?” I asked, trying not to let my voice crack.
“Oh, daddy” She put her arms around me again. “I Love you too.”
“Do you have everything you need?” I inquired.
“Don’t worry daddy, I’ll be fine.” She let go of me. She turned and picked up her bags. I looked so grown up. I just had to trust the Lord to keep her safe. She gave her mom a hug and started for the terminal.

“I think you’ll need this.” Her mom called after her. She returned to take her passport from her mother’s hand.
“Thanks mom. I love you.” She gave her mom one last kiss and then disappeared. I kept my eyes on the place where I last saw her and stared for a long time.

“It’s hard letting go” I said to her mom.
“I know” She replied while taking my arm. “I thought you were going to have a break down.”
“I almost did”
As we were leaving the airport and walking to the car, I felt something in the pocket of my jacket. It was from my daughter. She must have slipped it in when she gave me a hug. I opened it up and began to read it.

Dear Daddy,
I know it was hard for you to let me go. Thank you. God has blessed me so much. Out of all the people in the whole world he chose you to be my daddy.

Your little girl.

As I finished reading I broke down and cried.

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Nina Phillips08/01/05
That was very touching, and so true. God bless ya, littlelight
Debra Brand08/02/05
It's hard letting go. Good points. Change of gender in the one paragraph through me. Keep up the good work!
Shari Armstrong 08/02/05
A story we can all relate to -from one perspective or the other. My Dad had a hard time when my sister and I got an apartment one town over after I'd graduated college (and she was still in college -saved her some money).
Linda Watson Owen08/07/05
Oh, what a poignant picture of love and letting go!
Katherine Mikshenas03/14/06
Dear Kurt,

This piece is just beautiful. My daughter is turning 16 and I have a hard time letting go. This piece reminded me that God is always there to take care of our daughters and to comfort and strengthen parents. God bless you. Thank you for your reply on my article, Petals of Hope.

Kathy Mikshenas
Sandy Hammock03/16/06
This was very good, touching and easy to relate to. Thank you for sharing.