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Besides, I didn't think she would be impressed by a tie anyway and what idiot would wear this to a park in the first place. I turned away and changed my clothes for the third time today.

I finally settled for jeans and a t-shirt because we were meeting where there would undoubtedly be a playground and I could play the hero by suggesting we go play together. I could push her on the swing like just she had loved me to do so long ago.

I went back downstairs and sat at my computer, the first natural action I had taken on such an unnatural feeling day. I picked up and looked deeply into the smiling face on a small picture of her that had followed me throughout the years and I traveled back in time to when she was my dear 'Little Peanut' and I was her adored Daddy.

I felt angrier than I had ever been and lonelier than I had could have believed possible, and my mind showed me blurry disconnected images of things that made my soul sick with wanting and anticipation.

I witnessed images of her imploring me through tear streaked pleas as to why I wasn't there for her first day of school, why I wasn't there to teach her how to ride a bike, why I had missed chasing all of her childhood nightmares go away, why I wasn't there for all of the skinned knees and heartbroken minutes that I could have been so gently kissed away, why I wasn't there to be the first one to tell about a secret crush in school, why I wasn't there like I had promised.

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