Dear Dad, There's Something I Need You To Know

Dear Dad, I Need You To Know

Thank you for being the very best version of yourself every single day.


Dear Dad,

I will forever be grateful that you were the very first man in my life. Thank you for loving me first and raising me to be whomever I wanted to be. Thank you for the lessons along the way. You taught me perseverance and handwork. You gave me the inspiration to do big things and a path to follow. I learned compassion and respect from you. I look up to you and I hope one day I make you as proud as you make me. I'm blessed to be your daughter, I hope you feel the same way about being my Dad.

Thank you for putting our happiness above everything else. You would do anything to make us feel safe and secure. You sacrifice so much for us. We see that and we appreciate you for that. You have never let us worry about money, you somehow take care of all of it. We are so fortunate. Thank you for providing us with everything we need to be happy and successful. Your long days of work don't go unnoticed. Despite your early mornings and long days, I can always count on you to take me wherever I need to go or fix whatever I accidentally broke.

Most importantly, thank you for showing me what a man should act like. You treat Mom and us better than we could ever imagine. You never raise your voice no matter how ridiculous we are acting and you could never even think of laying a hand on us. You would never do anything to hurt us. You are so selfless when it comes to us. Some kids don't have it as good as I do. I was fortunate enough to have you as my Dad. You are one of the good ones. You are a real man. You do the impossible. Thank you for showing me how I should be treated in a marriage and how my future children should be loved.

I don't tell you enough how much you mean to me. I see what you do for us. I feel your love. I couldn't fathom going through life without you as my Dad. Thank you for being the man that I can crack jokes with one minute and cry on your shoulder the next. Thank you for the time and the money you have put into sports and education for us. I promise to make you proud. I promise to be as good as a person as you are.

I love you Dad, thank you for being you.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.

Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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