Dear Roland and Ruth Wood,

Where do I start? Your daughter has played such a major role in my life that I don't know how I'm going to condense all of my love and gratitude for everything she has done for me in one letter.

I guess no time like the present. Yes, she did get married and I know it killed you both not to be there. I walked her down the aisle and I don't quite know how you two feel about that. I will always feel guilty about that night Janet and I pretended to be married. I know it caused you two disappointment and heartache. A million times I'm sorry.

You're both going to meet Phillip soon. That's the guy she married. I promise I wouldn't have given your daughter away to a man I didn't think was capable of providing for her and loving her. He does love her. I can feel it and I can see it. I can't help but trust that Janet is safe with him.

What I really would like to do is thank the two of you. Thank you for the gift that is your daughter. You guys did such a good job raising her. She is such a good girl. I got to confess and say that I didn't know how to love a woman until I met her. We were never intimate, but that's not the love I'm talking about. To treat a woman with kindness, to respect her; your daughter taught me all of that. She taught me how to love a woman and even though I didn't end up marrying her, I will take her lessons and learn from them in my future relationships.

I will always love your daughter. Thank you for creating her.


Jack Tripper