- A daughter penned a heartfelt message for her daddy's 50th birthday
- She recalled how she got bullied when she was younger because of her dad's condition
- It made her a coward, but she finally managed to express her love for her father with Down syndrome publicly
A Facebook user named Richie Anne Castillo took to Facebook to compose a heartfelt letter for her dad's 50th birthday. She expressed her love for her dad proudly in her birthday message.
Castillo shared her experience as a child having a father with Down Syndrome. She recalled how she got bullied during her younger years for having a 'different' father.
Those experience made her a coward according to her.
I understood this later on and it made me a coward. But you deserve more than the coward daughter that I am. You deserve love, understanding, patience and acceptance as any individual with Down Syndrome should. Here I am composing a birthday greeting to you because I’ve never done such a thing. You deserve so much more.
She also commended her father for being brave and strong.
You are the strongest because after all those surgeries, procedures and nights at the hospital, you managed to say “Wa ko mahadlok mamatay kay ni salig ko sa Ginoo” (I’m not afraid because I trust in the Lord).
Castillo also said she felt sorry for her shortcomings as a daughter.
Dad, no amount of words can sum up to how sorry I am for being an absent daughter. I’m sorry for not bringing you to the beach more often, or I don’t bring you your favorite dim sum food, or I don’t visit you more often than I should. If there is one thing I regret, it is hiding you from my life because I’m still the same little kid who was afraid of getting bullied.
The post captured the hearts of netizens. It gained 113,000 reactions, 3,600 comments, and 38,000 shares as of the writing.
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