A letter to my dad.

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Dad,

Thank you.

Not only today, but every day.

Thank you for raising me into the tough person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me to not take crap from anyone, and that if I really want something I have to work for it.

Because of you I have so much love for the Dodgers, good barbecue, and appreciation for all things reality TV.

Because of you, I know what a love between a parent and a child should look like.

I’ll always cherish those days when I was little and you would come to the rescue every time I had a scrape, with your handy first aid kit to save the day. You always made sure I left with a smile on my face and a sticker.

And one of my favorite times in my life was when I was working weird hours at work, it meant I got to spend the morning with you. Our morning walks with the dog were the best. I think that’s when our relationship got stronger. You turned into my best friend and you’ll always be.

I’ll never forget when you walked me down the isle.

I was all focused on making sure we walked out at the right moment to match the music and you just looked at me and said “lets take a selfie!” It’s probably one of my favorite pictures of us. I was scared to leave you and not have you to make fun of me every day, but when you let go of my hand I knew I would be able to do it, because you taught me that.

You taught me that I could do all things.

Big and small.

No matter how much I worried about what the outcome would be, you taught me that I could do anything.

I’ve graduated college, ran a marathon, and started my own little family.

All because you gave me the courage to do so.

I’ve heard so many times how alike you and I are, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m so proud to be just like you, and to be your daughter.

I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished in life and I’m excited to see what more you can do.

I’m especially proud of you as a coach.

I love the relationships you have with those kids and what you’ve made that program into in just 3 short years. You really are such a fantastic coach.

At the end of the day, you’re my dad.

My hilarious, strong willed, loving dad.

You’re also such a wonderful grandpa to Ian.

He doesn’t even know how lucky he is yet that you’re his grandpa, and when he does, I know the bond between you and him will be just as strong as ours if not stronger.

I hope today, if not every day, that you know how much you are loved.

By our family, by Ian, and by me.

You’re the strongest person I know and I am so lucky to get to call you my dad.

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