5 years ago today I met my father for the first time, I was almost 41 years old that Cinco De Mayo. It was a great day, one I had dreamed of my entire life. One that fairy tales are made of. I grew up always wondering who he was, what he had done with his life, did I have siblings I did not know about, the questions were endless.
My dad was not the saint I had dreamed of, he was so much more. He was who he was, and never tried to be anything else. In 5 years he told me all the stories he could about his life, he told me the truth and he loved me unconditionally.
5 years have gone by since I met my dad and my time with him was limited as he passed away last September.
I will always remember the day I stepped off that plane. There was never a thought of not going to meet the family I never knew, it was just supposed to be. We were meant to be together. We were meant to meet. I have 3 beautiful sisters, a wonderful step mother and a great family of nieces and nephews that will always be apart of my heart and life.
It amazes me how one phone call, one plane ride and one simple step forward can change your life forever. My dad may be gone, but the lessons he taught me, the family he gave me and so much more will live on forever.
Happy Anniversary Dad and The Arrington Family - I love you all and miss you all.