Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist

Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them?

My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my church.

The program and book of the same name by Greg Vaughn promotes the idea of leaving a legacy for future generations by writing blessing letters to family members, especially children, telling them of your desires for their lives and how you feel about them.

Having written professionally most of my life, you would think this would be a simple thing for me but I’ve learned a lot. The need to participate in such a program was driven home to me this last week after the death of a former coworker.

I hired Mickey Winfield at the PNT and spent a lot of time with him over the two years or so that we worked together. I got to witness first-hand how much he loved his little girl Zoe. It was a rare night that we didn’t talk about his daughter and he easily shared his pride and concerns about her with me.

We worked late nights and he always called her before bedtime. If Zoe and Mickey’s wife Lacy brought supper or a treat down for Mickey it would light up his evening even when he was having a bad day. You could really see his spirits lift.