My Daughter Is Leaving Home
Oh, my darling daughter,
What can I say in this hour of your departure?
Does my spirit rejoice?  Far from it.
Is my soul downcast?  No.
Nevertheless,
A lump is in my throat and my eyes are moist.
Why?  Tell me, my daughter, tell me my precious, why?
The past must have the answer as
We have shared the same roof for many a year.
Underneath that canopy we have both
Grown, gaining understanding, and have shared
In teaching, giving and supporting.
Surely, not all was perfect, complete or good and
I remember well my shortcomings,
My faults and my neglects, yet,
It was your love enabling to forgive.
And now you are ready to leave,
But be assured that
Your infant sounds, your first guided walks,
Your high schools years,
The chats and the talks we had,
Your adore, your closeness and your embrace,
Shall always remain fresh in my mind
As they were of yesterday.
Know this, my darling daughter,
No matter where you are, or
How many miles are between us, or
The length of time not seeing each other face to face,
There remain three women in my life whom I will
Honor, pray for, and love deeply
All my breathing days, and
Shall carry very close to my heart ...
My mother, who gave me life,
My wife, who is your mother and you
My daughter, who gave me
Immeasurable warmth,
Gladness in abundance and
Who is my boundless delight.
Three women in whom I am most blessed and
Three women for whom I am not ashamed
To have shed tears in times like this.
My darling daughter, my precious,
Pursue our faith ceaselessly
With that which is moral,
With that which is ethical and
With that which is spiritual.
It is then that you will reap
The blessings of the Lord.
May He hover over you
Wherever you are and whatever you do.
May He grant you to be steadfast and unshakable.
May He favor you with strength, discipline and devotion
To hold on to the heavenly treasures and
To the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My darling daughter, my precious,
Go cheerfully,
Go in peace and
Go with God.
© François DulaPay

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