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When he laughs that Elmo laugh…
I can imagine you filling a room with your contagious laugh.
When his smile lights up the room…
I can imagine your smile lighting up the fishing docks you work at.
His compassionate heart…
I know you probably give away more fish than you can afford to.
His eyes…
I see you when I look in them.
The determination in his face when we wrestle…
I can see the determination in your face when you pull in the nets.

He’s 6 today…
I know you know this…
And on days like today…
I know there are moments…
You look up and wonder…
And I’m here…
On the other side of the planet…
Staring right up and wondering as well…
But I’m also wanting you to know…
I’m doing the best I can.
He is growing up so well.
Today he woke full of joy.
And I’m telling him of what a great man you are.
And how proud you would be of him.
Because I am.
And I know you are too.
Although I have never met you sir…
Your son shows me glimpses of you and your spirit everyday.
Thank you for him.
Maybe one day I can shake your hand and look you in the eye and tell you myself…
Thank you.
Carlos Whittaker