Dad, You Don't Get Enough Recognition, But I Love You Beyond Words

Dad, You Don't Get Enough Recognition, But I Love You Beyond Words

You made me who I am today.


Before I was even born you read "The Hobbit" and The Lord of the Rings series to me. I blame you for making me a giant nerd.

Mom always tells me of how when I was little I would wait every day for you to come home from work and rush you as soon as you hit the door.

You hid all my Care Bears around the house to distract me for a while so you and Mom could get a break.

You took me to the fossil dig when I had my dinosaur phase.

You went to see "Infinity War" with me the Friday it came out (that was 100% an impulse thing).

The summer I spent with you, Kameron, Grandma, and Grandpa was one of the best summers I've ever had.

I love hearing your stories:

How you were doing fieldwork in New Mexico and it snowed on you, but as you drove back to your house it was clear. There was still snow on your truck, though.

How you (almost) got a job at Baylor.

Grandpa's various supernatural experiences.

How your boy scout troop clipped a Gecko to your ear, and how it wouldn't come off.

That one time you swallowed a moth.

The process of getting your PhD.

And my personal favorite, how you met Mom. Although I go to Baylor, I will be forever appreciative of Texas A&M; for bringing you two together.

Although sometimes you MAY repeat your stories, sometimes you still manage to surprise me with a new one every now and then.

I've even been in a few:

Remember when your birthday got messed up and you had to go through another level of security at the White House?

Or when I almost got hit by lightning in Colorado?

Or when I moved into college?

How about when we went to the gladiator exhibit at the museum?

Or when you took me to work?

Or literally any late night spent helping me review countless topics for my AP exams?

Or when I called you in a panic right before my AP Euro exam to talk about "the German Problem" one last time?

You've made me who I am.

You've fostered my love for history and given me a very limited knowledge of geology (I'm sorry, I can't remember much).

We look the same.

We act the same (for the most part).

We're so alike, you and I. You've always been in my life, and yet I'm not so sure I've ever said thank you.

So thanks, Dad.

Thanks for making me who I am.

Thanks for helping me find my passion.

Thanks for being here for me, even when I'm in Waco.

Thanks for helping me with all my papers and studying and research (that Roanoke book is sitting right behind me, waiting to be used).

Thank you for everything.

I miss you.

And I love you so much.

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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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A Thank You Letter To My Dad Whose Love Is Unconditional

I love my mother to death but trust me on this one...I am just like my daddy.


Dear Daddio,

Without you, I would not have the common sense to do half the things that I know how to do. I would not know how to change a tire or even check the fluids in my car. But shoot, why do it myself when I can just ask you to do it for me? You may say no, but you come and do it anyways. Thank you for always being there.

I can count on you to help me with anything. Even on your off days, you are not really actually off. I ask you to help me all the time with the craziest projects. You do not even question it, you just help. I love that about you, dad. You always help everyone you can without a question. You are the type of man who would give your last dollar.

I also love how you come up with the craziest things to do. You get into these moods and you just do something crazy and go for it. When it is beautiful outside, we just sit and talk about anything that comes to mind. It is one of my favorite things to do with you. Thank you for always being there.

Momma always says how I am just like you. We always say the craziest things and joke all the time. Not to mention, we both cannot hear worth a crap. Whenever mom is trying to talk to us, she gets mad because we can not hear anything. Our TV's are always at max. volume. It is a real struggle, huh? We both love everything chocolate. You know I always share my dessert with you...even if I do not want to. I know you would do the same for me.

You are the calmest person I know. Even if the most stressful situations, you are so calm, cool, and collected. I wish I was more like you when it comes to that. I always tell you the things I want to do and no matter what, you say the same thing every time. You tell me how proud of me you are and you tell me to do whatever makes me happy. Thank you, daddy, for always being so supportive in all walks of my life.

You are by the far the most hardworking man that I know. Like I said before, even when you are off, you are not really off. You always stay working. Whether it is cleaning around the house or working in your garden, you never sit still. You say that you can not wait to retire, but I do not see you taking off. Thank you for showing me how to be a hard worker and how to provide for my future family. Without you, I would not have half the things I have in my life.

Thank you pops for this life that I live. I would not be where I am without your love and support. Thank you for all the help around the house and all my car troubles. I know that I can tell you anything without any judgment. I am sure whatever I say, you will support me.

I love you to the moon, daddio.

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