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The Acknowledgement That Was Supposed to Be in Desperate

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I got the finalized version of Desperate on Saturday.

I looked at it, smelled it, took a picture of me with it, and then leafed through it. I read through the acknowledgements, and then “oh my goodness I didn’t thank my dad!

So today, I give you the acknowledgement that was supposed to be in Desperate:

Robert Clark, dad, thank you for always making me feel loved; there has never been a minute of my life where I felt unloved by you. You have always hung the moon in my world, and you are my hero. From the the nights of reading The Babysitters Club, to the tears in your eyes when I’d fly to see my mom, Christmas nights where we’d eat wings and watch James Bond, nightly, “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite, I love you and I’ll see you in the morning“, to “Clean up your room” notes (which always cracked me up!), long hugs, a 20th Players birthday surprise, flaming pink flamingos when I was sick, beer boxes full of candy, Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, sweedish fish in the ears, Madonna and microphone at the dealership, gentleness, flame shoes…

The best memories of my childhood come from you. I pray my children feel and know the love I have for them as deeply as the way I felt it from you.

I love you dad. Thank you for giving me the security of love. In the words of Bette, you are the wind beneath my wings.

P.S. Happy Birthday.


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  • Becca Goodpaster

    This is absolutely beautiful. I pray that my Sweet Ones feel as loved by their Daddy as you have by yours! what a fun Dad!

    • Becca Goodpaster

      PS. I cannot wait for the book!

  • Teresa

    Love this. It brings tears to my eyes….and I pray that one day any of my four kids feel that way about me as their mother. Beautiful.

  • Theresa B

    Maggie Sotero dress? I only ask because it looks almost exactly like mine from the back and I know she was popular then. 😉
    Beautiful words for your father. Isn’t it such a blessing to have a dad like that? I do too and thank God every day for him.

  • Ginny

    Ah, Sarah, how many times did we read that and still missed it. I’m so sorry, I know it hurts your heart. I’m sure your daddy will be touched by this entry.

  • Nellie

    Absolutely beautiful! Your father instilled so many wonderful memories. This paints a beautiful picture of how special and important a relationship is between a father and his princess.

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