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8/7/2020

Dear Daddy,

I miss you. I miss you more than anything. I wish you were here with me. Today was my birthday. I turned ten, in case you don’t remember. I wanted to wait for you, but you never came. Mother insisted that we start the party without you. I got a telescope, a doll (I am too old for dolls, but Aunt Mary thought otherwise), and lots of clothes. I know if you could you would be here. I hope you come home soon.

Love,

Jenny

9/1/2020

Dear Daddy,

How are you doing? I have been waiting for you. Yesterday I heard mom arguing with Aunt Sarah. Mom is worried that I am spending too much time waiting for you. Aunt Sarah said it was perfectly normal for someone trying to cope with the loss of someone. I don’t know what cope means. I might have to look it up in the dictionary. Please hurry back home.

Love,

Jenny

12/15/2020

Dear Daddy,

I am so excited. There is only 10 days left till Christmas. Will you be home for Christmas? Mom has been shopping for Christmas presents. I know where she hid her stash of presents, but I am trying to be a good girl for you and not peek. I am hoping she will get me a dog. I want a big dog that is covered in a lot of hair and has a long pink tongue. Maybe a Golden Retriever or a German Shepherd, mom helped me with the spelling. Our school is putting on the Nativity play. I got the part of a sheep. My lines are pretty simple. I just walk around and say ‘Baaa.’ I love you and miss you every day.

Love,

Jenny

4/20/2021

Dear Dad,

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. I have been very busy with school. I didn’t get a dog for Christmas. Mom said a puppy would be too much work.

Love,

Jenny

5/10/2021

Dear Dad,

I have to write this fast before mom finds out. When mom found out I was writing letters to you, she got very mad. She took all of my letters and hid them somewhere. I will do whatever it takes to get them back. She doesn’t understand anything. Please write back.

Love,

Jenny

6/12/2021

Dear Dad,

After the whole fiasco (I just learned that word in school) of mom finding my letters, she dragged me of to see a psychiatrist. I had to sit down for hours to talk about my problems. I don’t have problems. I miss you. When are you coming back?

Love,

Jenny

P.S. Why haven’t you written back?

3/5/2022

Dear Dad,

So far, mom hasn’t found out about me still writing letters. I write them when she is sleeping or out on a date. Oh, I should probably mention that mom is dating a man named Nate Carlson. Nate is a sheriff. Every time I am around, I am afraid he is going to arrest me. Please come back so mom will stop dating that weirdo.

Love,

Jenny

P. S. I know you are busy, but can’t you at least write one note, so I know you are okay.

8/3/2022

Dear Dad,

We just moved to a new house. Our new address is 4536 Wayne Drive Greenville, Ohio. I have been busy helping mom unpack boxes. We had two moving trucks worth of stuff. Mom said we need to get rid of some of our stuff. I haven’t been doing too well in school. All of the kids at school make fun of me. I miss you.

Love,

Jenny

6/7/2023

Dear Dad,

Mom is now dating a man named Stan Pantifire. I mean really what type of last name is Pantifire. It sounds like his name is pants on fire. If I have to take his last name, I will die. Why haven’t you come back home?

Love,

Jenny

P.S. We had to write a book report, I wrote it about space. My teacher didn’t like it too much.

P.P.S. Why haven’t you written?

 

5/15/2025

Dad,

Why haven’t you come home? Where are you? Why don’t you write? Maybe mom is right, you are never coming back. I don’t even know why I am still writing these letters.

Jenny

8/5/2026

Dear Dad,

Sorry to break the news to you, but mom has moved on. She married a guy named Tobias Spencer. Spencer is a clumsy, nervous, and kinda of stupid. Mom is begging me to be nice to Tobias. School is going okay. I got a C in spelling. I wish you were here.

2/10/2027

Dear Dad,

Guess what? Mom is pregnant. I just hope the baby doesn’t resemble Tobias. I have been trying to get along with him, but it is so hard. One day he decided to be nice and bring mom breakfast in bed. Long story short, the toast was burnt, the eggs were runny, and when he took it into her bedroom, he accidently spilled coffee on mom, burning her. Mom still defended him, saying he was just trying to be sweet. If you like to be burnt, then I guess it was a nice gesture.

Love,

Jenny

4/7/2027

Dear Dad,

Mom wants suggestions for baby names. I suggested that we name him Jack after you. Mom and Tobias got really quiet. After I had gone to bed, I heard them arguing. Tobias argued that I should be over you by now; mom was just crying and screaming at him. It is probably the pregnancy hormones.

10/5/2027

Dear Dad,

I met a really nice guy named Sam Parker. He is kind, smart, and funny. I think you would get along well. We are going out on our first date tomorrow. I wish you were here. Mom is too busy with her new baby to pay attention to me. She gave birth to a baby boy, whom she named Trevor, not Jack. I tried to convince her to at least have his middle name Jack but she wouldn’t listen.

Love,

Jenny

12/1/2027

Dear Dad,

Sam did the most romantic thing. He cooked my favorite meal, pizza, and served it real fancy. We had a wonderful time together.

Love,

Jenny

1/6/2028

Dear Dad,

I am going to be graduating soon. At my graduation, I will be scanning the crowds for you, but I know you won’t be there. You never are. I am trying to decide what I want to do after school. Maybe I will go to college or become a writer. I don’t know what I am going to do?

Love,

Jenny

5/9/2029

Dear Dad,

Well I have graduated. I am now going to college to become a nurse. On the night after graduation, Sam and I had a long talk. He wants to become an chef, but his parents want him to join the military, like his father. I told him to follow his dreams, but he decided to join the military, like his father wanted. I don’t know when I will see him again.

Love,

Jenny

9/7/2030

Dear Dad,

I can barely write this letter. Sam is dead. Even now I still can’t believe it is real. I was going to class like usual, when I got a call from his mom telling me he is dead. I don’t know what to do. I am angry at him for leaving me. I know I will never love another again. If you can come back, please do. I need you, more than ever. I just want to let loose and let all of the tears out, but I have to be strong for his mother. Tomorrow is his funeral, please come.

Love,

Jenny

1/2/2033

Dear Dad,

Regardless of what I thought I have found love again. I met a guy named Tony Collins. We have been dating for a little while. I feel guilty about dating him. I feel like I am betraying Sam by dating again. I wonder if this is how mom felt when she married Tobias.

Love,

Jenny

6/8/2034

Dear Dad,

Today I was going through some of mom’s old stuff and I found an old newspaper. I found something shocking in the obituary section. A man named Jack Shepherd died at the age of thirty, on July 5, 2019. He was killed in a car accident. I now know why you never came home, because you were dead. I know it shouldn’t be a shock that you are dead, but I guess I got so caught up in believing that you were alive, that I never considered that you were could really be dead. I just wanted you to know that I love you.

Your loving daughter,

Jenny

5/15/2035

Dear Dad,

I know you are dead and that you will never see this letter, but I wanted to write to you one more time. I am getting married! Tony finally proposed to me. I can’t believe it. Mom is very excited. Tomorrow she and I are going to go pick out my wedding dress. I wish you could be there to walk me down the aisle, on my special day. I love you, Dad, and miss you every day.

Love,

Jenny