Hey Dad,

Happy Fathers Day!

I thought I’d write this piece to tell you how special you are.

In my teenage years, people always used to tell me how my dad and I were so close when I was younger. My thoughts would simply be disbelief because as a teenager we did not see eye to eye AT ALL. In fact, there were many times I was convinced he hated me or vice versa. But it is crazy over the past few years my view of my Dad has completely changed.

The growth I have seen in him in the last few years still blows my mind. I don’t know what happened, or what clicked but there has been a shift towards compassion, care, and understanding in my Dad. Not to say he was not those things before, but now we call all see it. I am not saying he is perfect, but he is certainly trying and I want him to know it is not going unnoticed.

My dad teaches me strength; sometimes I am so down all I want to do is cry and sleep because of something so trivial and my dad will be going through something 10x worse and still remain so strong. He teaches me resilience. In addition to his biological children, he has so many responsibilities and so many people reliant on him yet I have NEVER heard him complaining. Sometimes I worry about him though, because he does not rest, he is always helping one person or the other. So, Daddy, this is my appeal to you… sometimes REST!

I can always count on my dad to be there for me, in fact, I think I am a little spoilt because of it. I can count on my dad to have my back, especially when my mum is down my throat (which is always).

I don’t want to make this too long but I just want to say, thank you, Dad, for being an amazing example of what a man should be. I want to be treated like a princess just like my mum and because of the example, you set I could never settle for less.

Thank you for never ditching your responsibilities and always going over and above.

Myself, David and Shalom love you so much.

Kind Regards,

Tamilore

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