It’s Father’s Day. It’s Father’s Day, and I picked a fight with my dad.
Why on earth am I telling you this?
For one, because it’s real. Because sometimes daughters do stupid things like fight with their dad on Father’s Day. For two, because it actually made me think about all the positive things about my dad, rather than just focusing (unfairly) on the things that can frustrate me.
One thing my dad said today really stuck with me. In reference to raising me, he said, “I hope the good outweighed the bad.”
And, Dad…I can honestly say it did.
You are infinitely patient. Today’s fight was not actually a fight in the true sense of the word, only because you refuse to be ruffled by my insensitivity and anger. You have an amazing ability to stay calm and rational in the face of so many things.
You know who you are and you know what you believe. You have an unapologetic surety that I admire and envy.
You are a dreamer. I am a dreamer. We get each other.
I have never questioned for one moment whether you love me, and I know that is a blessing I take for granted far too often.
You instilled in me a love for words. You read me Shakespeare before I could talk, and you always made sure books were part of my life. You encouraged my love of writing, and you have always been my biggest fan. I hope I have been yours too.
You support my dreams. You believe that I will do the things I want to do in life, and you are kind and loving when my ideas don’t pan out the way I thought they would.
You have an entreprenurial spirit. You are always full of ideas and overflowing with thoughts, and I definitely inherited those characteristics from you…and I am so happy that I did.
You are the person I can debate with, have intellectual conversations with, and really talk with. I treasure all our long talks about God, the world, a book we just read…everything.
You bleed orange and blue, and you taught me to bleed that way too.
Your unconditional love for Mom is special. I am only realizing it’s importance now.
You have put your family before yourself on so many occasions, and probably many times I never ever knew about.
Dad, you really are wonderful, and I’m lucky that you are my dad. I’m so glad I was able to see you on Father’s Day this year.
I love you. So much.
Happy Father’s Day.