Dad, I'm Your Little Girl Forever And Always

Dad, I'm Your Little Girl Forever And Always

This one's for you, dad.

As well as I know what I want to say, I don't know how to say it. So I'm just going to start with saying thank you.

Dear Dad,

Our relationship hasn't always been perfect... it actually kind of sucked for a while. Sure, when I was 13 years old I probably didn't like you all that much. I also didn't like you when I was 16 and all my friends were driving but me because you were scared to let me get my license. Oh yeah, we can't forget all the times you yelled at me for doing the exact opposite of what you told me to do. But now you're my best friend and I wouldn't trade our relationship for the world (wouldn't even trade it for that new MacBook Pro I've been begging for.)

I suppose there were a handful of times that I wanted to seriously move out (like when I was 14 and got caught sneaking out, so you put an alarm system on every door and window in the house.) But there are an endless amount of handfuls that I would've crumbled without you... even when you really didn't know what to say, you always said the right thing. When that stupid boy broke my heart you made sure I knew that you would "break his face" if I REALLY wanted you to. Or when I wrecked my first car; you made sure I knew you didn't care about the car even though you just bought it the week before. You were there when I came home early from school just because I was sad. You took the time out of your busy day to go on ice cream dates.

I could go on forever, but you get the gist.

I'm not completely sure of who I would be if I didn't have you. You've taught me so much, and I look up to you in about 1,000 different ways. The phrase "well my dad..." comes out of my mouth so often that boys are probably tired of hearing about you.

All because of you I want to chase my dreams. As silly as I thought you used to be, everything is starting to make sense now. I know why integrity and truthfulness are so important. I know why it's important to be genuine to anyone and everyone that you meet, and most importantly you taught me how to treat people with respect. Those qualities are traits that some people don't have today, and I am beyond thankful that you made sure I knew about them.

Although I'm a HUGE tomboy (yeah, thanks for that too) you didn't forget to tell me to act like a lady. You taught me to hold my ground and be a strong young woman no matter the circumstances. That skill alone is what pushed me to get through this past year.

Dad, I've watched you go through so much. I look at pictures, and I remember who you used to be. Yeah, you were great then too... but now you are my hero, my favorite person, and my #1. Not a day goes by that I don't think about how awesome you are.

There's nothing I hate more than disappointing you, dad. You will always be the number-one man in my life, and no one will ever take your place. I'll always have your back just like you have mine.

Someday I can only hope to be half the parent, friend and overall person you are.

So yeah... thanks, dad. I love you.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Mullins

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A Thank You Letter To My Mom On Her Birthday

An open letter to thank my mother which will hopefully cause others to thank their own.

Mothers are a true gift, and to those of us who are blessed with wonderful mothers who are still in our life, we must know and appreciate our luck.

And to those who have known but lost a wonderful mother, I am devastated for you, and only hope you hold dear the good and happy times. Today I want to use this platform I have to thank my wonderful mom for all the joy she brings not only to me but to the world itself. I hope that many of you can read this and thank your moms for the same things!

Dear Mom,

On your birthday, I want you to know the things I am thankful to you for. I am thankful for your always unwavering support, I am thankful for your unconditional love, and your countless laughs. I am thankful for you taking the time to explain new concepts to me when I was younger and even still today. I am thankful for how you carefully took the time to tend my every need, before you ever even considered taking care of your own.

I am thankful for the countless nights you got up with me when I wasn't feeling well. And for the nights you took my temperature every hour to make sure the fever was going down, and giving up your own birthday the year I had the stomach virus. Thank you for being there for me through all the tough points in my life, and for putting up with all of the unnecessary teenage angst I put you through.

Thank you for being the most positive person I know. Thank you for smiling through everything, thank you for singing through the house. Thank you for making me, and everyone else that you know smile, and remember the positivity and blessings in their life. Thank you for being the light in everyone's life, you are even more than the light, you are the sun.

Thank you for Netflix binges, for all the laughs we have shared, for the inside jokes we have, for being there through countless, and usually stressful, shopping trips, and for being my mom.

On your birthday, I hope you know the light you bring to the world and how much the people around you appreciate it. I hope you know how your gratitude to waiters, all retail workers, and anyone you meet throughout the day contributes so positively to the lives they lead. You make people's day wherever you go, everyone is better off for knowing you and I feel so lucky that a person like that is my mother.

Happy Birthday Mommy. Another year of spreading positivity, spreading love, and spreading happiness. I love you with my whole heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Your grateful daughter, always.

Cover Image Credit: Kristi Neace

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10 Thank You's Our Parents Deserve Every Day

So thank you Mom and Dad for everything you do everyday and in the background in order to make your children's lives better and easier.

Being away at college really puts people's lives into perspective. There is so much we take advantage of everyday without realizing it, and only really notice when it is gone. So, thank you Mom and Dad for everything you do everyday and in the background in order to make your children's lives better and easier.

Here are 10 reasons to tell your parents "thank you":

1. For your endless support.

Through the good and bad, you're always right there, reminding us that we are never alone. No one else in the world is there like you guys are, constantly offering a shoulder to cry on or reminding us how strong we are.

2. Guidance.

We can always turn to you for help and know you will be there to help us onto the right path. You give advice no other friend can, and for that we are eternally grateful. You make big life decisions seem easy and small and couldn't do life without you.

3. Spoiling us even if we don't always deserve it.

If we can't afford something, you find a way to make it happen. And if we want something, after a while it'll appear once we learn that things are just things and the difference between a want and a need. Thanks for letting us get some of our wants, even if we really didn't need it or if we yelled at you the day before.

4. Accepting us for who we are.

Not everyone in the world will appreciate us or even like us. But no matter how weird or quirky we can be, you accept us. No matter our flaws, you accept us. And no matter how many mistakes we make, you've always accepted us. Thank you for doing what no one else could.

5. For Forgiveness.

Thank you for leaving our mistakes in the past and letting us be better in the future.

6. For teaching us everything we know.

There's a lot of things we can't learn in school, and you guys taught us all of it. Anything from speaking to cooking, or how to build relationships. We learned it all from you.

7. Putting a meal on the table every night.

Even when you work till 9 pm, you still manage to have a full family meal on the table every single night. Parents are actually just superheroes in disguise.

8. Cooking and getting all of our favorite foods during holiday breaks.

Its the best feeling in the whole world after dining hall food and Ramen Noodles. Thank you.

9. Hugs.

Parents just give the best hugs in the whole world, the kind that instantly make you feel happy and warm on the inside. Nothing compares.

10. Loving us unconditionally.

Thank you for doing the one thing in the world no one else can. Your unconditional love has helped us through bad friendships, rough days, and the endless mistakes we are bound to make. Thank you for your love.

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