You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.
Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.
While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.
Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.
It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.
Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.
You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.
Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.
Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.
Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.
Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.
Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.
I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.
Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.
Love you forever,
Your little girl
Sure, everyone can agree that they have being away from home to attend college, but everyone also can't deny that they love these things about coming home.
1. Home cooked meals
This one explains itself. Everyone needs to stray away from that dining hall food every now and then.
If you’re lucky, your mom will do this for you when you come home.
Leaving them to go off to school is possibly the worst heartbreak, so you can imagine both of our excitement when we reunite.
4. Hometown friends
College friends are great, but nobody can compare to the people you grew up with.
5. Your own bed
Because sleeping in a twin bed every night in your dorm gets old real fast.
6. Your car
Sure, taking a bus around campus and the city can be nice sometimes, but nothing’s better than the freedom associated with driving yourself around.
No one is around to keep you up at all hours of the night.
8. Having your own space
If you’re lucky, this means you don’t have to worry about not getting any time to yourself because you finally have your own room again.
9. Letting loose
You don’t have to worry about all of the responsibilities of being an adult that come with being away from home.
Nine times out of ten, there's something always there at home to snack on, and you don't have to worry about leaving your dorm to fend for yourself when you've run out of snacks.