I have gone through so many heartbreaks, loss, grievance and emotional scarring with my biological father. For the past five years, this has not been an easy journey for me. During those five years I met my second father figure whom I respected and admired. This person really gave me hope because I have been going through such turmoil with my own father. This person gave me a new life, a new home, and a new way of looking at the world. He taught me to love and respect the things I hold dear to my heart. Things soon turned a little south, and a similar loss occurred with my second father figure. I was left feeling empty again. A second loss. A second episode of depression. But then soon came the power of forgiveness and love. Never had I known how strong and powerful those two things could be. My father figure had given me the piece, "My Girls" and this touched my heart very deeply. As soon as I unwrapped the piece, I could not help but cry. I cried because I felt happiness. I felt as if I had found something that I had lost yet again. This was another symbol of hope and forgiveness. I would honestly not be the person that I am today, had it not been for my father figure. I would have been lost and confused. Today I am a stronger woman, currently going to college and succeeding. I owe so much to this person, the person that was there for me when my real father was not. In the end I learned forgiveness can really change someone for the better. You just have to be able to see it.
When I received the My Girls piece, it was a touching moment for me because the person who gave it to me is really important to me. He expressed his feelings to me and my twin sister with this gift. For about five to six years, he has been there for me when my own dad was not. He is everything I hoped for as my dad. When he took us in, I know that it must of taken a lot of courage. His generosity and love was more than I could ask for, because my own dad only accepted me with conditional love, which ended up in him disowning me. The dad of my heart was the one who helped me get through tough times. He was there for me when I finally graduated high school when my own dad told me no, because he didn't want to see my mom again. He was there for me when he lent me his brand new Lexis to help me get my driver's license. I have never heard of that before but I'm eternally grateful and appreciative of him for doing that. When he told me "I love you" over the phone, I broke down with tears of joy because I knew he meant it. It meant so much to me to hear him say that because my own dad never meant it and it was heartbreaking. With all of the tough times going on between me and him, he has given me this precious gift and it is now placed on my nightstand. The most important lesson that he has given me is honesty and communication and with the My Girls figurine, he has wordlessly communicated with love and forgiveness towards me. Thank you for everything. I love you.
I have such a wonderful story about this piece. I live in Las Vegas, my older sister lives in New Jersey, and our father lives in California. We all remain extremely close and talk almost every day in one way or another. For Christmas 2012, my sister told me she purchased a very special Willow Tree figurine for our dad that he was going to love. She wrapped it, took it to California with her, and placed it under my dad's Christmas tree for him to open. We were all able to spend the holiday together and on Christmas morning, my sister and I were more than shocked when our dad gave us two identical, wrapped presents and when we opened them, realized that they were the exact same Willow Tree that she had picked for him. So we were so happy to hand over his gift and when he opened it he burst out in tears and was just so overjoyed and surprised that we had given each other the exact same gift. It just goes to show how wonderful and thoughtful these figurines are, and how they bring families together. We will all be collecting Willow Tree figurines from now on.
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.