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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Alvarado

A Father's Unwavering Love: Reflections and Words of Encouragement

Updated: May 23, 2023

The day my son, Gavyn, was born remains vivid in my mind as if it happened just yesterday. At 19 years old, I stood by my partner's side as we welcomed this precious baby boy into our lives. Little did we know that his journey would become an extraordinary story filled with love, growth, and unforeseen challenges. As I held him in my arms for the first time, tears of overwhelming joy streamed down my face. In that profound moment, I realized that my life would never be the same. I was now a father, a mix of excitement, fear, happiness, and wonder flooding my heart.


Witnessing Growth and Adventure:

In the span of 17 years, I had the privilege of witnessing Gavyn's transformation into the remarkable young man he became. From those early nights when I gently rocked him to sleep, only to find him eagerly climbing out of his crib, it was evident that he possessed an adventurous spirit. Curiosity about the world surrounded him, and he fearlessly embraced life's challenges. Climbing, running, and exploring new places were his way of discovering the wonders of existence. Whenever someone asked to see a picture of Gavyn, I proudly reached for my wallet, eager to show off my son. The pride I felt in being his father knew no bounds.


From Games to Meaningful Conversations:

As the years flew by, our activities together evolved from simple games to profound conversations about the world we inhabited. During long drives, we engaged in discussions that inspired me as Gavyn fearlessly shared his bold statements and displayed genuine concern for others. I was in awe of the compassionate and caring core he possessed, always unafraid to be vulnerable and speak his mind. This fearlessness became one of his greatest strengths, shaping him into a truthteller with a big heart.


The Message of Motivation in the Absence of Gavyn:

  • Unwavering Love and a Lasting Message: To Gavyn, I want him to know that I see him, I hear him, and he is loved—now and forever. The letter I sent him on his 17th birthday, just a few weeks before his passing, became the foundation of his eulogy—an unintended testament to a father's unwavering love for his son. By sharing this letter, I hope to inspire others. Perhaps his friends, other fathers, or anyone who may need a little encouragement in today's world can find solace and motivation within its words.

  • Remembering Precious Moments: The poignant photo captured last Father's Day depicts the spot where my own father used to take us fishing when we were young. Looking at it fills me with both nostalgia and longing as I deeply miss both my father and my beloved son, Gavyn.

  • Gratitude and Appreciation: I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have supported me on this challenging journey over the past six weeks. Your unwavering support has meant the world to me during this difficult time.


In conclusion, Gavyn's story represents the profound love between a father and a son. It serves as a reminder that love endures even in the face of unimaginable loss. May Gavyn's legacy continue to inspire, uplift, and encourage others for generations to come.


Always and forever,

Your dad.


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