The Word Among Us

July/August 2014 Issue

He Was Always My Daddy

God helped me see how much my father loved me.

By: Valli Leone

He Was Always My Daddy: God helped me see how much my father loved me. by Valli Leone

My father and I did not have a perfect relationship or even good communication. I can’t attribute that to his thick Italian accent, since he spoke fluent English. “Daddy” (as I called him even in my adult years) was a hard worker, a good provider, a lover of fishing, music, and whistling; he respected God and his Catholic faith and was an honest businessman and a responsible family man.

Yet something vital was missing. I cannot remember ever knowing the joy and closeness of jumping onto my father’s lap and snuggling with...


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