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Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)
By Rosario D'Souza
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I remember when she was five. I would come home from work, and there she was - waiting for me at the door. A grin. A hug. A kiss. We exchanged all three, and then she would take my hand and lead me to the family room, pleased that I was home.
Even at that age, I realized that she was special. She was a beautiful child. She had brains too. Most of all, she had spirit. When she messed up, and I mentioned it, she would lower her eyes and say, “Daddy, will you forgive me?” That girl had spiritual depth far beyond her years.
Time flew, and she was ten. She was taller and more confident. But my lap was still her favorite spot. I would watch her, as she curled up with a book. When she spoke, I would listen. When she prayed, tears would suddenly materialize from my eye. She was precious!
One day that year, I asked her to get me a glass of water. As she was getting it, it slipped from her hand and broke. She cried and said, “Daddy, will you forgive me?” I said, “Yes.” We hugged, and she smiled again.
Susanna was among the best – but she was still human. Whenever she hurt me, I forgave her, because I loved her very much.
Years went by, and she grew older. I grew older too. Forgive me if I don’t tell you what happened when she was fifteen, and twenty, and twenty-five. But you must know this – she never forgot to ask me to forgive her when she did wrong. Forgiveness was important to her.
That is how I remember Susanna, my only daughter.
When I was young, there was not much to remember. But I am an old man now. Some things, I forget. Some things, I still remember. I still remember Susanna, and who she might have been. Yes, who she might have been, if I did not let her mother abort her this day, fifty-three years ago.
Susanna, my precious one, will you forgive me?
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