To The Fathers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

To The Fathers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

I love you, Dad.

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My family is the most important thing in my life. I was incredibly blessed with two loving parents that would drop anything to help me and two siblings that are two of the most caring people I have ever met. While we may occasionally fight and argue, that doesn't mean we don't love each other any less. And while I tell them all I love them every chance I get, I know that one of them doesn't hear it as often.

So, Dad, this one's for you. I don't know where to begin. I guess from the beginning.

Thank you for always being there for me. For making sure I got to school on time as a little kid. Even if that means my pajamas were under my clothes like that one time in kindergarten.

Thank you for being an active member at school. I don't think anyone could have played the role of "Big Kid" better. Or when you sneezed in the library and everyone in the school heard and would look and tell me in my class, "Oh, Christina's dad must be here."

Thank you for going to those father-daughter dances in elementary school with me. I know those can be a little painful, looking back on them.

Thank you for your patience when I couldn't understand a math problem.

Thank you for teaching me how to be responsible and trustworthy by leaving me home alone.

Thank you for taking the time to teach me how to pay bills, write checks, and manage my bank accounts. That stuff can get pretty confusing when you're just learning.

Thank you for pushing me to take certain opportunities and to take advantage of the skills I possess. It's always reassuring to have someone that supports you all of the time.

Thank you for every penny you have spent on me and given me. I can't even imagine how much the lump sum is, but just know that I'll never be able to repay you for that and I appreciate it so much, even if I don't say it right away.

Thank you for taking me on trips to the Nature Center and the pool.

Thank you for doing my hair every day. Who could forget the "Daddy Classic"?

Just, thank you for always being there for me, regardless of the situation. Words can't describe how much it means to me.

I probably forgot a ton of things to thank you for, but I mentioned the important ones. Like any father-daughter duo, we've had our ups and downs: my angsty teen years and my excitable childhood, just to name a few. But underneath all that is a girl that loves her dad deeply and endlessly.

So, even if I don't say "I love you" as often as I should, or I get mad at you and yell stuff I wish I could take back, just know that I will always love you and I don't mean those things I say out of anger. Because how can someone say these things when they have such a caring person like you for their father? You were my hero when I was a child, and know that that still stands, and is not changing anytime soon.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.

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I recently wrote a super controversial article, which I'm honestly very proud of. In the comment section, there were plenty of people criticizing me because of what I believe in, mainly because they didn't believe in the same thing as I put out there.

I would just like everyone to know that the people that write for this amazing company are just that — people. They are real, they have opinions, and they have feelings. There is nothing different about them than you. Would you like someone commenting hate on your Facebook post or anything like that? No, no you wouldn't. When you comment rude things on something that someone worked long and hard on, you are just being rude and inconsiderate of their feelings.

If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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