Photo: Paul Daugherty via The Mighty
You're going to want to bookmark this: Paul Daugherty, author of the book Uncomplicated Life, which is about raising his daughter with down syndrome Jillian, penned the most touching letter to her on her wedding day and it has us in tears. While Jillian tied the knot at the beginning of the summer, Daugherty's letter was just recently published on The Mighty for all to read (and weep).
He begins the letter with: "It is the afternoon of your wedding. June 27, 2015. In two hours, you will take the walk of a lifetime, a stroll made more memorable by what you've achieved to get to this day. I don't know what the odds are of a woman born with Down syndrome marrying the love of her life. I only know you've beaten them."
"Do you remember all the stuff they said you'd never do, Jills?," he continues. "You wouldn't ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn't go to college. You certainly wouldn't get married. Now... look at you."
He also touches upon how he always knew Jillian's now-husband Ryan was the one for her. "A decade ago, when a young man walked to our door wearing a suit and bearing a corsage made of cymbidium orchids said, "I'm here to take your daughter to the Homecoming, sir,'' every fear I ever had about your life being incomplete vanished," he explained.
Then, he offers some advice about marriage, and how he's sure she'll have a great one. "Now, you and Ryan are taking a different walk together," he notes. "It's a new challenge, but it's no more daunting for you than anyone else. Given who you are, it might be less so. Happiness comes easily to you. As does your ability to make happiness for others."
Last but not least, he comments on how beautiful his daughter looks on her big day. "I see you now. The prep work has been done, the door swings open. My little girl, all in white, crossing the threshold of yet another conquered dream. I stand breathless and transfixed, utterly in the moment. "You look beautiful'' is the best I can do."