42 Things To Thank Your Father For, Today And Every Day

42 Things To Thank Your Father For, Today And Every Day

Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad.

We all have people in our life that are extremely important to us. For me, one of those individuals is my father. My dad has been there for me (literally) my entire life, and has supported me through the ups, downs, and in-betweens of everything I've faced in the past 21 years.

Sometimes it's the people that are the most important to us that we forget to appreciate because we tend to assume they understand our immense gratitude, love, and respect without us verbally expressing it. They've been there through thick and thin, and there is no doubt they will never leave our side. In honor of Father's Day having just passed, here's a shout out to the awesome dads in this world. Thanks for all that you have done, continue to do, and will do throughout our lives.

Here are 42 reasons to thank your father today and every day.

1. For spending time with you after a long day of work.

2. For teaching you how to ride your first bike, and eventually drive your first car.

3. For being Santa Claus.

4. And the Tooth Fairy.

5. And the Easter Bunny.

6. For teaching you financial responsibility.

7. And for remedying the destruction of your first credit card when that lesson eventually failed.

8. For allowing you the freedom to become who you want to be.

9. And supporting all of your dreams while still keeping you somewhat in check.

10. Teaching you the value of money and items, but spoiling you nonetheless.

11. Corny dad jokes.

12. Sneaking junk food with you when mom said no.

13. Your love of action films.

14. For driving you everywhere in the good ol' pre-license days.

15. For paying for gymnastics/cheer/dance/other classes.

16. And for college, your sorority, clothes, food, and all those other things that you absolutely need to have .

17. Essentially for being your personal bank of which you are a VIP Platinum level member who also happens to be very much in debt but are constantly graced.

18. For having good intentions, even if he can be overly protective.

19. For vehemently standing up for you if anyone ever puts you down or hurts your feelings.

20. Teaching you the true meaning of respecting others.

21. Embarrassing you in public.

22. Always calling you beautiful and pretty even if you're dressed in sweats and not wearing makeup.

23. For giving you everything you've wanted, within reason.

24. For playing basketball, tennis, and catch with instead of just lazing around all day.

25. Teaching you how to fix a dead battery, flat tire, and other car issues.

26. And picking up the phone and coming immediately during an inevitable car issue because turns out you don't remember how to fix it.

27. Working so hard to provide the family a good life.

28. Even though you still don't really understand what he does.

29. Always eating more than you at the dinner table so you don't feel like you overate.

30. For bear hugs.

31. And tucking you in at night.

32. Making sure you got up in time to go to school during the dreaded middle school/high school days.

33. For being proud of you no matter what the outcome.

34. And loving you unconditionally, no matter how many times you mess up.

35. For fixing everything you break.

36. Doing your taxes.

37. Making you laugh, even when you're upset.

38. Forgiving you for driving over that once patch of lawn each time you back out of the driveway, even though you ruin it each time he fixes it.

39. Actually, pretty much forgiving you for everything of his that you break.

40. Taking care of the pet hamster and cleaning its cage even though 10-year-old you said that you would.

41. Daddy-Daughter dances.

42. For telling you the only gift he ever wants is spending time with you.

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Became My Sister

Love is thicker than blood.


There are friends. Then, there are best friends.

According to "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, they're your person. The one who, “if I murdered someone, I’d call you to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.” You’re so much more to me than any of those titles can express.

As I’ve matured throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that good friends with good hearts serve an incredibly important purpose in our lives, going above and beyond what we give them credit and appreciation for.

The family we choose. You’re one of those.

The day we met, I knew that you were going to play an important role in my life. What I had no idea of was that you would join the cast of my life with a starring role.

First, I need to say thank you. Thank you for always coming to my locker to check in before class during high school. Thank you for letting me control the music on road trips. Thank you for sharing your family with me, and addressing my family as if you were born into it.

Thank you for patiently listening to the physical embodiment of a broken record when I complain about the same boy I’ve loved since senior year. Thank you for tagging along on every doctor’s appointment, grocery run, and trip to the post office, just because you know that I hate doing things alone.

Thank you for not thinking twice before dialing when I text you “please call me.” Thank you for never saying no to a coffee date. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being my better half.

We don't share the same genetic makeup, but after all the sleepovers, heart-to-heart conversations, shopping until our bank accounts cry, and swapping clothes so often that we don’t know what belongs to whom, how could I not consider you family? We have shared some my fondest memories together, and I wouldn’t want them to feature anyone but you.

You’ve been with me on my best days, and loved me on my worst. You know how to make me laugh when all I want to do is crawl into a hole and die.

Picturing sitting in my car with you in the passenger seat makes me long for summer, where we spend three months together doing all of our favorite things. You’ve seen me naked, done my makeup, and warned me before making a poor decision. Being away from you for extended periods of time makes me feel incomplete.

You are a piece of me that I am not quite whole without. You taught me that blood doesn’t make a family; love does.

You know me better than I know myself, which is both amazing and terrifying. You make me realize I’m enough for this world, and that means more to me than I know how to express in the limited words that make up the English language.

You remind me that I am more than my mistakes, and you keep me grounded when I spiral out of control. You’ve helped me carry my burdens along with your own, even when the universe comes down on you full force, way harder than you deserve.

You’re the one I come to for the truth if I think my new dress makes me look fat, and I know you’ll be honest. I trust you with my whole heart. You know the gory details about every boy I’ve ever crushed on, every professor who was an absolute jerk, and every fight I’ve had with my mom.

I wouldn’t make it in this life without someone who already understands and listens to every thought going through my head and each thing I seriously over think, even when you know, though you don’t say, it won’t matter in a week.

With all these affectionate things being said, don’t forget our fights. The few we’ve had were very real. We still don’t see eye to eye on some events of the past, but I never told my mom about it because there was no need to make her choose a side between me and her “second daughter.

We have learned to move forward, because the love we have for each other overwhelmingly outweighs any disagreement we’ve had, and always will.

Through all the tears and laughs, I don’t think that anything the world has to offer could seriously come between us. You go to a different school than me now, and college has rudely gotten in the way of our routine of spending every waking moment together.

Since we met, we’ve grown separately without growing apart. Neither of us are the same person we used to be all those years ago. Even so, we’ve pushed each other to our limits and you’ve given me the courage to keep going and do things that make me happy.

We lean on each other when it’s been a bad day and all we want to do is to snuggle and indulge in whichever show the other is currently watching unceasingly and unabashedly for comfort (it’s the little things). Having you as my co-pilot on this crazy ride called life has been frustrating, exciting, slightly concerning, absolutely insane, and something I don’t know how I would live without, and I don’t intend to find out.

I’ll conclude this letter with a quote from every basic, white girl’s favorite musical, “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Love you forever,

Your sis

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My Parent's Let Me Make Mistakes And I'm So Grateful They Did

Learning to deal with small let downs as a child instill me the values of hard work, gratitude, and appreciation.


I am not a parent and I am not trying to say that there is one right way to raise children. I am just simply stating my appreciation for the way my parents raised me. I see kids as a part of my future. I want to be a mom (eventually). I am sure that when I become a mother there are things that I will do differently than my parents but this is something I hope to emulate.

I remember in 4th grade I had forgotten a homework assignment at school. My mother was also a 4th-grade teacher so I figured that since she had the same assignment in her teacher book, I could just use that. I was wrong. My mom told me to figure it out the way a child who didn't have extra access to the assignment would.

I remember being absolutely livid. I couldn't understand why my mom would not just simply give me an extra copy of the assignment. After all, it was much more work for her to drive me back to school so I could look for to there and to look for the number of my classmate's parent so I could call and ask my classmate to tell me the list of words or whatever it was that we needed to use.

After that though, I was much more responsible for bringing my homework wrong. Don't get me wrong, I was 10 so I'm sure I still forgot things plenty of times and if it was a particularly stressful time or every once and a while my parents would do things like give me the list of words.

For the most part, though they taught me that actions have consequences and to take responsibility for what I did. If I worked really hard but didn't get the grade I wanted my parents would acknowledge the effort and hard work I put in and then encourage me to think of other ways to study or to go speak with the teacher for help. My parents never called my teachers to complain about grades but they did encourage me and my brother to work harder next time, or if we thought the grade was truly unfair, to speak with the teacher ourselves.

This skill has helped me tremendously during the beginning of my adult life. I am able to respectfully voice my concerns to my professors, even when I don't get the outcome I want. Now that I have a job, I am able to speak with my bosses about concerns I have.

All of this being said, I am still a teenager. I made mistakes and my parents always gave consequences, that I hated at the time. I mean let's be honest what teenage girl likes losing her cell phone privileges. However, this just reinforced the notion that actions have consequences - good or bad.

I am so much more confident in myself and in my own abilities than I would have been otherwise. I still feel comfortable going to my parents with problems. My parents still offer me support and guidance but ultimately I know they trust me, and I trust my own abilities to be responsible and sure of my own decisions. I am able to articulate my thought process on decisions that maybe they might have felt differently about.

My parents and I are close. I appreciate all of their help and I really appreciate them providing a safe place for me to make mistakes and learn the consequence. I appreciate them helping shape me into the person I am today.

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