7 Things To Thank Your Dad For, That Man Is The Real MVP

7 Things To Thank Your Dad For, That Man Is The Real MVP

Father's Day should really be every day.

While he may tell lame jokes occasionally and poke fun at me, I am so lucky to have such an amazing father in my life. Being away at school is hard because I'm not able to see him as often as I once did. He really deserves more than just Father's Day to celebrate all he has done for me. So here are 7 things I would like to thank my dad for!

1. Encouraging me to try my best

No matter how down on myself I was, you were always there to pick me up. You always encouraged me to play sports and to try my best no matter what. Without you, I would have never been so involved and had such a great time doing what I love.

2. Teaching me life lessons

Even though I am almost 100% sure you hated riding with me when I had my permit, you were still there to help me and teach me the rules of the road. Even if that did mean that we got into a couple fights about my driving. You also taught me how to drive a four-wheeler, how to work a computer, how to fish, how to manage my money, how to check my tires, how to fill up my tires, and basically, anything that has to do with cars. I cannot thank you enough for everything you have taught me in life.

3. Giving me tough love

While I was never happy with you when you gave me tough love or punished me, I greatly appreciate it now. You raised me to be a responsible young adult and I would not be the person I am today without your tough love.

4. Having fun with me

From the days when I was younger and you played pretend with me to riding four wheelers together. You always know how to have a good time.

5. Working hard to help me fulfill my dreams

You worked hard to help me pay for my extracurriculars, schooling, sports, my car, the house I grew up in, my extensive wardrobe, my travels, and so much more. Without your help, there are so many things I would not have been able to do.

6. Saying "yes" to the things mom said "no" to

I always knew who to go to when mom said no to me doing something fun. The best part was you usually came along with me for my crazy ideas. From taking the four-wheeling on a frozen lake to zip-lining in our backyard, you have always made my life an adventure.

7. For giving me the world

Thank you for giving up your freedom and making me (and my brother too) your whole world. I know raising a child is not always fun but you have been there for me through everything thing.

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. You have been there for me ever since the moment I was born. I would not be where I am today without you. I love you dad!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Thank You, Mom And Dad, For Staying Together Through It All

I hope one day I can find a love as strong as my parents so that my kids will never have to experience a broken home.


Growing up, I always dreamt of finding my true love and having my fairy tale wedding when I was older. My parents gave me such faith from their relationship. They have been together since they were in high school and have never left each others' sides since. I have idolized their marriage since the day I was born and still continue to. I could not imagine going through life without both of them together. Many people in my hometown have divorced parents. It is not uncommon from where I come from, but I recognize how lucky I am. Sure my parents have their fights, even the one time they almost did get a divorce, but they didn't. And I am so grateful for that to this day.

Holidays are amazing. I don't mean to brag for the people who do have separated parents, but it is a privilege to be able to spend it together as a family. I don't have to choose where to spend the holidays or feel bad if I have to pick someone over the other. It isn't fair, and no one should have to do that. My parents have always and will continue to always put my sister and me first. I respect them for that. Even through all their issues, they manage to do whatever is in our best interest--even if that means staying together during hard times. No matter what, they always manage to work it out.

I get to experience life with both of them together. I know people who haven't talked to their dads or moms in years. They didn't go to their graduations— watch them walk across the stage and get their diploma. Their parents are missing out on so many important milestones in their life. I am so fortunate that my parents have always been by my side rooting for me. I couldn't even fathom the thought of them not being at such events or not even being remotely a part of my life. My parents are everything, and they are stronger together.

I have two opinions. I have two people in charge. When one says no, the other will say yes. I have two people to go to with problems at all times. They are accessible, they are there for me, they protect me. I may not agree with everything my dad says, but my mom will have my back on certain points and vice versa. We can work out our problems together. Nothing ever turns out biased when I have them both together. I wouldn't be able to do have the stuff I do with the support of just one parent.

With my parents together, I don't have to feel like I am a toy. I don't have to feel like I need to be shared or guilty I am spending more time with one and not the other. With my parents together, our family is whole. I know it is a privilege, and I am so grateful and lucky. I hope one day I can find a love as strong as my parents so that my kids will never have to experience a broken home. It isn't fair to put kids through something so stressful and saddening. My parents are amazing and I am beyond blessed to have parents that love each other and their kids immensely. Everything they do is for us. Thank you.

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