My Father, My Hero

My Father, My Hero

A little thank you to that single man still raising me.

Batman, Superman, Captain America, and many other names cross your mind when thinking about who your favorite superhero may be; however when I'm asked this question I don't have to think about which man with this ridiculous powers I like more, I instantly think of my true super hero, a man I've been blessed to call Dad. Now, he didn't have some crazy name related to a flying animal, no “super” in his name, and as patriotic as he is his name didn't quite have America in it. I call my hero Dad and to others he's known as Tom.

Many people can agree that their fathers were their heroes growing up, but how often do you really take into consideration all that they do? I know whenever I was little I didn't realize how uncommon it was for a man to play with a baby doll and take his daughter and said doll for walks around town. All too often my father did what would be known as “motherly roles” in order to not only make me feel as if I had both roles, but mostly just to make me happy. My happiness as a child, and now, was something I can tell my father cares about tremendously. To take his role one step farther, this hero of mine once took on leading a Girl Scout Troop of around twenty little girls just so I would have a local troop to be on and so I could make a close knit group of friends. I can recall my dad coming up with activities for us to do at our next meeting, outings he took us on to practice minor survival techniques, and even attending our girly sleepovers.

I also knew that my dad was going above and beyond for me, but I didn't truly understand exactly how “beyond” that was. This man who had grown up with three brothers and just one sister probably didn't know what he'd be getting into while raising a little girl, but the thought of doing it didn't discourage him. My father researched anything a little girl would eventually need to know. Stapling papers together and hanging them my way so I could learn exactly what “the time of the month” was and establish my disliking for Mother Nature seemed awkward to me at the time, but a few years later I greatly appreciated it researching ways. It didn't matter what the subject was, I always knew I could talk to my dad about it. If he didn't have an answer on his own, we'd sit together and look it up, then I'd wait for my new homemade book of information to be made by my father.

Now I'm almost 19, living on my own, and going to college and I still find myself having to call my dad when I'm unsure of something or when I simply need pointed in the right direction. The measures my dad went to don't end at simply being a Girl Scout leader, or looking up things about the female menstruation process, but they go to bigger things such as encouraging me to be all that I can and to follow my heart. Thanks to my hero, Tom Cofer, I now believe that I can do anything I set my mind to. I also strongly believe in using Google when I have a question about something if my hero is just a little busy.

Thanks for being all that you could be for me, Dad.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.


I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.


Your forever number one fan

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