To The Dad Who Deserves More Than An Instagram Post

To The Dad Who Deserves More Than An Instagram Post

This one's for you.


I know you don't have Instagram, so let me recap. On Father's Day, everyone (myself included) shares photos of them and their dads, telling them how amazing they are and thanking them for all that they do. It is a day flooded with love and appreciation. Offline, cookouts and gifts and days on the boat take place, allowing dads everywhere to feel like today is their day. A day of love, a day of appreciation, a day of dad.

Every year, I post my photo. I write a caption about how great you are, how much I love you. And every year I wonder... Does he know this? Do I show it? Or am I just following the trends? Because sometimes I think that I show everyone else that I love you on Father's Day, and may forget to include you in that.

Maybe it is because Father's Day is nothing new. When you have a dad as incredible as you, it is hard to not show love and appreciation every day. Sometimes, the easiest way to say "I love you" isn't with words. You showed me time and time again when you came to my games after a full day of work, ready and cheering me on. You showed me when you dropped everything to come up to my college just to spend some time with me. You show me every day when you go to work at a place you'd rather not be in order to provide for us and give us the most amazing life you can. Even when you don't say it, those things show me you love me more than I'm even able to imagine.

I try to show how much I love you, too. Maybe it isn't as easy to see, but it's there. When I sit at the counter recounting my day to you, when we banter back and forth until mom says "would you guys please stop?", when I can hardly wait for you to get home or answer your phone so I can give you good news... Even if I don't say it, those things are an attempt to show how much I love and appreciate you.

One day dedicated to you can't properly show how thankful I am for spending every second of your limited time not working with our family. One day dedicated to you can't properly show how appreciative I am for every game you came to and practice you facilitated. One day dedicated to you can never and will never be able to show you how much I love you and how impossibly thankful I am that you're my dad.

But maybe, one lifetime can. Hopefully, one lifetime can. 365 days every year of telling you my great news and watching TV in the living room with you until you fall asleep and start snoring. Of thinking of you and trying to make me proud in all that I do. And maybe just one day of posting a photo on social media to tell everyone else just how lucky I am.

You are my dad, you are my coach and you are my friend. And while you only get one day to be celebrated, know that you deserve it 356 days of the year.


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Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.

4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

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My Mother Is NOT My Best Friend, Because She Is So Much More Than That

I can't thank my mother enough for being the superwoman that she is.


I always find it interesting when people say that their mom is their best friend.

I know what they mean and what they are trying to say, but I personally have never considered my mother simply as my best friend. And if we're being honest, I am not even sure if my mother would truly appreciate being called my best friend.

The bond between a mother and daughter is not something that can be easily described or labeled. A mother's job is hard and I cannot even begin to tell you all the things that my mother has done for me. My mother plays many important roles in my life.

She is my friend.

She is my protector.

She is my supporter.

She is my mentor.

She is my parental figure.

She is the one that gave me life.

She is my person.

She is the first one to yell at me when I do something wrong.

She is the person who will always tell me the truth when I don't want to hear it.

She is my role model.

She is the person who is there when I need her.

She is the person who hasn't left my side since the day I was born.

She is the person who understands and knows me more than anybody.

She is the person who has loved me before I was even born and raised me to be the person that I am.

Without my mother, I don't where I would be.

My mom and I don't always see eye to eye. Sometimes we aggravate each other. And sometimes we don't always like or want to do the same things. But at the end of the day, she is the only person who will sit on the phone with me for hours and just listen me talk about nothing or say every random thought that I have in my head aloud. She provides a sort of unconditional love that cannot be compared to anything in the world. Our bond is unlike any other.

So no, my mom is not my best friend. My mom is my mom. Being a mom is a complex job and shouldn't be shortchanged my being called a best friend.

So thanks mom for being my mom and taking on all these roles in my life. You are one of kind and I am who I am because of all the things you have done for me.

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