An Open Letter To My Father

An Open Letter To My Father

Saying the things that might not otherwise be said.
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Dad,

First, thank you. Thank you for being my rock; for being the one who no matter what, is always on my side and sticks with me through thick and thin. From the “man-trips” to Wildwood, NJ to the random trips to grocery stores on vacation because you just love grocery stores, I can’t help but smile at every little memory we share. Trust me when I tell you, dad, I remember more than you probably think, and even the smallest of things act as such a foundation for my life. Like when I see small dinghy-boats, I’m reminded of that muggy summer evening when you came home from a golf tournament with a new Alumacraft boat for us, and a smile from cheek to cheek. Every Christmas, I think of the times we’d spend setting up the train and how you’d lower your glasses on your nose and get up under the tree to figure out why the trains not running, only to find out it was a loose piece of tinsel on the tracks. Thank you for being a role model, not only by being a great father, but also a great person. I cannot begin to imagine where I would be in my life without your guidance and influence. That brings me to the next point I wanted to make, one that probably wouldn’t be brought up otherwise. I want to thank you for being a stern parent, the one who didn’t give in to my juvenile demands or whimpers, the one who was my parent more than my friend. Even though I could (and would) go to mom for the things I really wanted, you knew what I needed and provided me with the tools of life to be able to do just that. On a daily basis, I catch myself mid-action, thinking “This is so my dad,” and I couldn’t be any happier because there’s no one else in this world I would rather emulate. When you introduce me, I love hearing “this is my son,” and seeing your eye sparkle as I shake their hand. I thrive knowing that I represent you, and through me, you will continue to live on. Because of you, I know what I need to do and who I need to be to be a great father. Of all the memories, from looking up to you as my hero, to seeing you now as the man I will become, I will never forget the laughs we shared. Whether they be over a beer, or at the house in front of the fireplace, I will never forget the infectious laughter that would fill the air. Thank you for everything, dad, and most importantly, thank you for teaching me how to love.

-Your Loving Son

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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11 Pieces Of Fatherly Advice Everyone Needs To Be Reminded Of

The greatest man in the world is bound to give the greatest advice.

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Months and months ago my father wrote down his favorite quotes and pieces of advice for himself after reading my favorite book, "Tuesdays With Morrie."

He has always given me stellar advice about love, loss and self-worth. Now, I will share it with the world.

This one is for you, Dad.

1. Be bold but not aggressive

This is a personal favorite of mine, especially as an extrovert. I sometimes worry that being the open person I am that I come off too strong or too abrasive.

With this piece of advice though, I remind myself not to "overdo" it. Just be natural.

2. Be confident with room for humility

If there is one thing I have learned from my father it is humility. A sense of humbleness.

I am proud of the person I am, but I have learned to never think I am above anyone else or that I am more important.

3. Love others with all your heart and family with all you are

We are loving people in this household and this piece of advice proves just that.

Despite who you are or what you come off to be, it is important to love friends and lovers with every part of yourself to ensure you did everything you could.

It is important to love family with all you are because lots of the time they made you who you are in the first place.

4. When it comes to dating, even if you don't love them make sure you at least respect them

Not every person you date is "the one." Not every person you date you are going to marry.

Even so, at least respect that person you are seeing. Be polite, be courteous, be kind — be respectful to their needs even if you can't love them.

5. Be patient when it comes to true love, it is rare but so fine

My parents have a love like no other.

They are true loves, soulmates and life partners, BUT it also took time for them to get married.

6. Reserve the harshest judgement for yourself

Tough love is normal. Critiquing is normal.

What is not normal is being cruel and inconsiderate. Leave the harshest judgment for behind closed doors, in a mirror — not towards others.

7. Be tolerant but not submissive

Be patient and kind, to a point. Do not settle for something you do not deserve. Be grateful for what is fair.

8. Don't sweat the small stuff — everything is small stuff

This piece of advice speaks for itself. Do not stress the things that are out of your control. Do not get upset over little things.

In a short period of time, you won't even remember it.

9. Live with passion

Be motivated in your work, in your love, in your friendships and yourself. Living life to the fullest with joy in your heart makes for the best life.

10. Treat the elderly with honor and respect

My dad says that time is a teacher and knowledge is acquired. If it weren't for our elders, we wouldn't learn from the past.

11. Have courage and be kind — remember all your grace

This has become my motto in life. I think it means to be fearless, do things that scare you and stand up for yourself while still being a good person and better yet a KIND person.

It is important to know yourself and be true to you.

So, thank you, dad, for all your words of advice. I couldn't have lived this beautiful life without you.

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