An open letter to my daughters
After a rough year, single dad Marlon Abrahams looks to his children for inspiration.
2009 is on its way out and we, South Africans in particular, await 2010 with baited breath at the oodles of positive energy (we hope) the football World Cup and its hordes of international supporters will bring to our shores.

Looking back, 2009 was, well, a bit rough. The global recession touched us all in one way or another. I certainly felt it in my business and there were times when the collective doom and gloom nationally and internationally generally brought us all down. During those moments, I had three little angels watching my back and it’s time to thank them for a job well done.

Thanks, Hannah, for your infinite wisdom since birth. For your unselfish and generous nature, for sensing when I needed a lift, or a hug, or an unsolicited ‘I love you dad’. Your words and actions are powerful enough to turn rain into sunshine.

Thanks for your help with the publication of our book, and our appearances in the media, I have a feeling your star will continue to shine brighter than ever. You are a concentrated form of pure goodness! I love you.

Thank you Maddison for your strength! You are the most single-minded, go-getting 4-year-old managing director in training that I know. Your sense of humour defies belief for one so young. Your imagination astounds me at the best of times, like when you make up bedtime stories and introduce the most fantastical characters and then challenge me to make it into a decent story for you…

And when you challenge everything I ask you to do, and give me that ‘I was sent to torment you look’, I want you to know that I appreciate what you’ve come to teach me. Lack of patience has always been my worst vice. I love you.

My darling Sofia, although we are separated by continents, not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts. I count the days to our next telephone conversation and my next lesson in Czech. Your weekly photos mark your rapid growth into a beautiful and delightful child.

I will be closer to you next year, be patient, my girl. You were conceived in Africa and born in Bohemia, an unconventional combination of passionate insouciance… which I can’t wait to be a closer part of. I love you.

Thank you girls for a truly magical 2009, with all the trials and tribulations, you have given me enough joy and laughter to forget the insanity of life that sometimes overwhelms us adults. Thank you and all the best for 2010!

Please share the special moments when your angels held your hand during this year.

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