A Letter to My Dad on Father’s Day
With Father’s Day only 11 days away, I have been thinking about how society’s views are changing towards how we view dads. They are no longer looked at as only the “breadwinner” but instead they are considered a “co-parent.” Long before “stay-at-home” dads became a thing, my father filled that position after he became disabled and was unable to work. With my mom working full-time, my dad had to take up certain responsibilities at home. I know that he doesn’t think he did a good job but the one main thing I learned was that a real man doesn’t just provide monetarily for his family. He steps up and does whatever is necessary for his family regardless of the gender stereo-typical role. So as we approach this Father’s Day, I just want to share a brief letter thanking my dad for being more to me and our family.
Dear Father of Mine,
I know that you have always struggled with the impact that you had on our lives growing up. I wish you wouldn’t because you were always there for me growing up. I always knew that I could count on you and that there was nothing I could do to make you start loving me. You showed me what it means for a man to be a “dad.” You showed me that a good father does more than just provide an income for their family. Growing up I realized that a dad was capable of changing diapers, washing dishes, and keeping the kids. You extended a hand when I brought my daughter home from the hospital and eased my fears when I went back to work. You did not only make an impact in my life but in hers as well. You continue to share your love and understanding even though we are no longer little children. Every day I am thankful that you are my dad and not a day goes by that I don’t think of a way you influenced my life.
So on this Father’s Day, I want to say –
Thank you Father of Mine for always loving me and showing me what it means to love.
Happy Father’s Day,
Your loving daughter, Gwendolyn
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