To My Dad -
Thank you for not killing me as a small child. Seriously. The older I get, the more I realize how many times it must have crossed your mind, at least for a split second. The pouting, the crying, the yelling, the shrieking, the talking back, the rebelliousness. And that's all before I hit age five! You and I can just blame mom for all that. We'll say it comes from her side of the family. Lord knows my inability to shut up comes from yours, so it seems like a fair trade.
To My Husband, The Father of My Crazy Kids -
Thank you for putting up with those two monsters we made. I know I was a SAHM for almost three years, but I mainly dealt with poopy diapers and teaching them to crawl. That son of yours talks now and I'm thinking he would look amazing in Leopard print duct tape. Sound good to you? That little girl has got you hooked though. In a big way. But I'm pretty smitten too, so it's good. Just try to remember that when you are attempting to murder the first boy she kisses. Baby girl loves her daddy, and she'll love you more if you don't kill him. (I'm all good with cutting off fingers though.)
To My Late Step-father -
Thank you for not killing me as a teenager. Or my sister for that matter. I know you didn't get a chance to really ease into the idea. I'm sure you just wanted a hot girlfriend. You certainly got that, but she came with two pretty crazy daughters. Three for the price of one plus the cost of a warehouse full of Advil, right? Sounds like a bargain to me! And you aren't physically here to say otherwise, so ha! I win! I will though expect a case of the hiccups as punishment in the next 24 hours.
To all of the "Dads" in my life -
You dudes, you dads, play a HUGE part in the spinning world. Who teaches our sons to care about women, learn to fish, fix a flat tire (because Lord knows I don't want to), and be strong for those you care about? Who teaches our daughters to expect nothing than the best from their significant others, to play softball, cook a mean steak to make her husband (assuming you let her date before she's 30), and that she will never be alone in the world?
Give you one guess....
You do! Dads do. Fathers are their sons hero and their daughters Prince Charming. You are your wives King (just don't forget to take out the trash before you sit on your throne in front of the TV). You are more important than you think. You are more important than you could ever realize.
Because let's face it. Without you, there would be no us.
Just don't let it go to your head.