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When most people get asked who inspires them, or who their role model is, they usually say a celebrity they are keen on, like a singer, author, actor or footballer. Don’t get me wrong, I look up to plenty of celebrities, but my number one inspiration and role model was beside me all the time – yes my DAD.
Was that really what being a dad meant—helping to set the rules, playing ball with the kids on the weekends and making sure there was enough money in the house??? She looked at him with big open, eyes and he did his best to hold her…not only a child is born along with it the father … Dads.
They’re funny, even when they don’t mean to be. They’re full of love, even when they don’t like to show it. And everything from a loving child to a new car can bring a tear to their eye which none can see. My dad… he is a simple man – yet he has left the greatest impact on me. He has always been in my life, from the day I first opened my eyes to the present moment. He showed me the stars and taught me how to reach them. He gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me…
Dad thanks for inspiring me to be a responsible individual, for reminding me that things usually work out in the end—even when they look entirely hopeless at the start, for listening intently to my wishes and worries, for showing the importance of finding time for one’s children, for loving your grandchildren with as much ferocity as you loved us.
Being a dad in a mother’s world is not so easy and that is why I have the greatest admiration for him. Our bond is much greater than that. He’s an intimate part of my life. He’s there for me in a very real way. Meaning, I can go over talk to him about anything and everything that’s on my mind. He’s helped me in so many ways. He’s helped me relate better to my husband, given me a male perspective that I otherwise might not understand. We communicate well and often. We don’t have heart to hearts every week, we don’t have to. I can read him like a book, and he can do the same with me. He’s blunt and to the point, but his candor is refreshing and people (usually) appreciate the straightforwardness of his speech.
DAD you have always been there for me. I’m really glad to be your daughter. I think you’re just the Best. Your eyes would practically light up as you taught me something new. How you’d explain to me things in the morning as you drove me to school. I think I learned more during those fifteen minute sessions than I did in most of my classes. You gave me away as a bride with great joy and pride and now developing a beautiful bond with your son (-in law).
Thank you for never giving up on me, even when it felt like I would give up on myself. Your strength, your discipline, your confidence… they have changed my life, and enabled me to grow into someone I hope you’ll be proud of. If I never become anything more, I will be satisfied to say I am your daughter. And if I do accomplish all that I want to in life, i know that all the credit belongs to you.