Two words in and I can already feel the tears building up in my eyes. Even after this tragic accident, I admire your perseverance and strength to overcome the obstacles, even though you may not understand everything at all times. Although this is the most challenging and difficult situation we have faced, I believe the way you raised us is helping us get through this.
Even though there are many things still unknown, the one thing I know for sure is that I am extremely happy to still have you here.
Not everyone is as blessed to have such an amazing relationship with their dad or family in general, so I don’t really know what I did to deserve the absolute best father. I thank you for always teaching us that family comes first. After yearly 20-hour road trips to the midwest where you did all the driving or being the first one to encourage me to start my blog, your genuine support for your children is incomparable. I will always remember that no matter how busy things got at work, you dropped everything to attend every school event. Whether it was a 7th-grade volleyball game or a simple Honor Roll Breakfast, you were there.
I’m thankful for everything you do for me. Even as I become an “adult,” you’ve managed to teach me how to work my ass off for everything I want, but to stay humble. You’ve encouraged me in school and in my career to always follow my dreams, which is why I’m where I am today. Thank you for the little things such as religiously watching This Is Us and The Bachelor with me (even though you hate The Bachelor franchise). Thanks for all the concert suite tickets, daily homemade dinners and even bringing me home Takis every time you went to the grocery store.
I’m thankful for all these things and more, but I also admire so much about you.
I admire your work ethic to give your children everything because I have never seen anyone work their ass off as much as you.
I admire your sense of humor. Even though you throw in the occasional Dad joke.
I admire your selflessness to put those you care about before your own needs.
Here’s to recognizing you. I am extremely blessed to call you my father and I cannot wait for you to be able to read this one day soon. Thank you for being the best father a child could ask for. I appreciate you and am forever grateful. I could go on and on, but there aren’t enough words. Continue to work hard in rehab/therapy.
You’ve taken care of me my entire life, now it’s my turn to take care of you. I love you. Thanks for being a daughter’s first love.