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Blog Posted:6/18/2017 10:33:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from a letter George HW Bush wrote to his mother a few years after he and Barbara lost their 3 year old daughter Robin to lukemia. It is not only poems/sad'>sad and true but beautiful poetic prose;

There is about our house a need. The running, pulsating restlessness of the four boys as they struggle to learn and grow, their athletic chests and arms and legs, their happy noises as the world embraces them . . . all this wonder needs a counterpart. We need some starched crisp frocks to go with all our torn-kneed blue jeans and helmets. We need some soft blonde hair to offset those crew cuts. We need a doll house to stand firm against our forts and rockets and thousand baseball cards. We need a cut-out star to play alone while the others battle to see who's "family champ". We even need someone who could sing the descant to "Alouette" while outside they scramble to catch the elusive ball aimed ever roofward, but usually thudding against screens.

We need a legitimate Christmas angel -- one who doesn't have cuffs beneath the dress. We need someone who's afraid of frogs. We need someone to cry when I get mad, not argue. We need a little one who can kiss without leaving egg or jam or gum. ... We need a girl. We had one once -- she'd fight and cry and play and make her way just like the rest. But there was about her a certain softness. She was patient -- her hugs were just a little less wiggly. Like them, she'd climb in to sleep with me, but somehow she'd fit. She didn't boot and flip and wake me up with a pug nose and mischievous eyes a challenging quarter-inch from my sleeping face. No, she'd stand beside our bed until I felt her there. Silently and comfortably, she'd put those precious locks against my chest and fall asleep. Her peace made me feel strong, and so very important.

"My Daddy" had a caress, a certain ownership, which touched a slightly different spot than the "Hi Dad" I love so much.

But she is still with us. We need her and yet we have her. We can't touch her, and yet we can feel her.

We hope she'll stay in our house for a long, long time.

 

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Date: 6/19/2017 1:12:00 AM
This letter touches the heart, Craig, he's written it excellently:) hope you had a great Father's Day:)
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craig cornish
Date: 6/19/2017 1:40:00 PM
Thanks Jo, I did---I don't need a card or a gift, but a call that says I love you takes care of everything and it did.
Date: 6/18/2017 8:37:00 PM
This is a poignant love letter to a child that will never be forgotten, and who has remained close to his heart for all of these many years. What a lovely dedication to a beloved little girl. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Father's Day, Craig :)
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craig cornish
Date: 6/19/2017 1:41:00 PM
Thanks Dear Carrie
Date: 6/18/2017 6:34:00 PM
The letter I love - the man not so much! You've given me a great idea, Craig. Great blog.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/19/2017 7:49:00 PM
His politics aren't the issue for me, it's his character that concerns me. In my estimation he knows a lot more than he's letting on dating back to 1963 in Dallas where the level of obstructionism and collusion that followed in the investigation by those who would gain was the greatest stain on American justice ever seen. Then there's his shady links with the Saudis and others during his presidency and beyond. But you're right, anyone who can write a letter like that must have some redeeming features!
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craig cornish
Date: 6/19/2017 1:51:00 PM
Keith, he is a good man and so is Jimmy Carter. Now if you say you don't like his politics--dig it, but as far as a man goes he's good people. I never liked Carter's politics but I have to admit he is a quality guy I would be proud to call friend and likewise with the Bush's. I'll leave it at that because the purpose of this blog was dads and not politics. Hope you had a great day Keith.
Date: 6/18/2017 4:49:00 PM
wow, he writes very well! Touching words!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/19/2017 3:39:00 PM
Yep, it's the techie generation!!
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craig cornish
Date: 6/18/2017 5:12:00 PM
Yes Andrea, The shame of it is that past generations did write much better (he was obviously better educated than many) because they were trained most exclusively in the three r's reading, writing and 'rithmatic. Some writings from average soldiers from the civil war would make most of us cringe in comparison. The biggest complaint in the last 30 years is that younger people don't know how to write.
Date: 6/18/2017 1:06:00 PM
The pain of losing a child is beyond compare, boy or girl. The parent is forever second guessing, could I have done more or could I have done something different. The answer never comes. It is a beautifully written letter.
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craig cornish
Date: 6/18/2017 2:08:00 PM
Yes Daniel, I pray I'll never experience losing a child.
Date: 6/18/2017 12:42:00 PM
oh Craig, you're so right, this is just beautiful. Made me cry. Thank you for sharing this. Wishing you a wonderful father's day, dear friend.
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craig cornish
Date: 6/18/2017 2:10:00 PM
Thanks Dear Becca, Hope your family has a happy Fathers Day as well--Hugs

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