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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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.

Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Caity Callan

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