July 1, 2013
by Daniel Womack (author's profile)


June 2, 2013

Dear Taegen,
I have never felt privileged to write to you, to tell you my feelings & my heart's desire. I do not feel so privileged now, & I fear this letter may be unwelcomed. But I absolutely have to express myself somehow, & after nearly 13 years of not doing so, I cannot wait any longer.

Before you were born, I lived a life of horrible decisions & destruction. I loved your mama, but I could not get out of my own way long enough to do anything right. Eventually I ended up in prison.

The guilt & shame I have felt for not being in your life have kept me from writing to you sooner. I am very much a coward. But your mama is a wonderful woman, & she has sent me several photos of you over the years. I have watched you grow into a young man as I tape each new picture to my wall.

Taegen, I am so sorry for never being the man I was supposed to be, never the daddy you needed & deserved. God knows I have loved you every day of your life. And though I've never held you in my arms, I miss you terribly still.

My wish is that I had made better decisions in my life. My hope is that you know I love you more than life itself. And my heart's desire is that one day you will let me call you "Son."

Love anyways,

God, please,



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