To a Dad From His Daughter

To a Dad From His Daughter

A daughter needs a dad forever.

Dear Dad, Daddy, Padre, Old Man,

Yeah! I'm writing an article about you!

We've been through a lot together. A lot of it was never expected, but everything has turned out pretty great if you ask me!

Remember when I was little and you had your blue Oldsmobile that had a completely blue interior? It was a pretty ugly car. You know, the car mom backed into while in the driveway! Well, I remember it because when you left for work I'd sprint up to the guest room and wave goodbye as you backed out of the driveway. I would yell through the closed window "I LOVE YOU!" When you saw me up there, you'd wave back.

As I got older, I was not nice to you at all. I would try to run from you when you wanted to spend time with me. I remember you held me on your bed one day and wouldn't let me go as I was kicking and screaming for you to let me go. I have no idea what I wanted so badly.

I remember Easter Sunday when I was only six or seven years old. You made me sit with you in your room for only half an hour or so, which seemed like a life time. You read me the Easter story in my children's Bible, which I must say had some really great pictures which I paid most of my attention to. Then, I was allowed to run downstairs where the Easter Bunny/mom had left a trail of plastic Easter eggs filled with goodies!

We went to Holly Ball at Cotillion together. We went on the numerous school field trips together. We traveled together numerous times listening to Earth, Wind, and Fire almost the entire way. You did the carpool drop offs and pick ups. You did a lot for and with me, and still do!

Then, when mom died, I realized it was just you and me. Two people who hadn't spent a whole lot of time together alone. Yes, here and there we ran errands together or you took me over to the driving range to teach me how to swing a golf club, but those were brief moments. That was our life from that moment on, until of course you found Diane and Emily.

I would stand outside the house for hours in the afternoons after school because I didn't want to go inside alone. I'd only go inside to go to the bathroom and to get a snack and something to drink. Finally, when you got home at 6:00 or 7:00, I'd go inside too. I've always felt the safest I can be when I'm around you.

Just the simple things like how to put my hair in a ponytail or how to put on mascara were a challenge. You were/are a wonderful father, and would try to help me but it didn't turn out too well. You worked so hard that meals were pretty complicated. We went to Champ's for half-price burger night on Mondays, The Tavern with all of our friends on Tuesdays, chicken night on Wednesdays, and then Thursday night would be something at home. On Fridays we usually also went out. Somehow we both didn't weigh 400 lbs each. That was our routine and we never really thought twice about it.

But, when I went down to San Antonio to spend time with grandma alone, I counted down the days until I got to see you. When you finally got there, everything felt complete!

Now, as you have been married to Diane for four years now, I still hate when you go on business trips or go away to play golf. I hate being away from you more than you know! You and I are partners. We stick together!

As I've been away from home and at school, I love calling you every night and hearing your voice. Even if I've had the worst day ever or the best day ever, I can tell you all about it. You work so hard to give our family the very best. I am very blessed to have the father I have! I don't know what I'd do without you, honestly! Forever your little girl, I'll be!

I love you!

Cover Image Credit: Elizabeth Finto

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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.

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The Thank-You Your Parents Deserve For The Sacrifices They've Made

Sadly, this is one they've never heard.


We're getting into that stage of our lives. The one where you are away from home or starting to distance yourself, but the relationship between you and your parents is strengthening. College has taught me the value of my parents. Their value is more than the money their bank account and how often they were able to make it to high school soccer games. It's so much deeper than that.

If you have EVER fought with your parents, you've heard the phrase "You'll understand someday when you're a parent." What an excuse, right? No, not really. Being a parent is hard; it's something that I couldn't even imagine doing now or in the next five years.

Since college, I've grown so much closer to both my parents and honestly it's one of the best things that has happened to me. In high school, I was the definition of a hormonal teenager. Fighting with my dad every day and ignoring my mom when the walk got hard. Now, I call them to tell them what kind of smoothie I got for lunch. College taught me how to make not just more of a father/mother-son relationship, but a friendship with my parents. That's not what I'm here to thank them for, though.

I'm thankful for the sacrifices. There's so many that I don't know about, but I know they exist. Working countless hours to give my brother and me what we want or even sacrificing their own happiness for me is something that I can't comprehend yet. I know that being a parent is hard and that sacrifices are in call but being a parent is a full-time job. I've come to realize that a lot of my parent's lives got put on the backburner because they wanted to give me the best life possible, but I have to recognize the sacrifices.

I have been so blessed to have an amazing life. I've been provided for, and my parents have busted their butts to make sure I had everything possible to make me happy. Not just material things; they gave me all of the opportunities possible to succeed in life. They've skipped events with their friends to spend time with me while I'm home from college, even if it's us sitting in the living room on our phones all night.

Mom and Dad, I appreciate you more than you know. The words that I've written are just a quarter of the love and appreciation I have for you — words cannot describe how I feel. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you've made for me. I know I am where I'm at right now because of the hard work you've put into me, and I hope that I can make you proud.


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