Dear Dads~

A giant Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

I decided to write something to two important dad’s in my life.

Dear Dad~

Well, this is your 20th year of being my dad. Congratulations on making it this far, and don’t blame your white hair on me, you had that before I was born. It is safe to say that I learned a lot from you, especially in the years without you. When you left, you were the first man to ever truly break my heart; which, although I know it wasn’t your intention (I was mostly just collateral damage), is something that I have forgiven many times over, but will never forget. It taught me a lot, in both bad and good ways. I appreciate the time that you have spent trying to make up for that. I know that it can’t be easy to go from knowing me as a little girl who barely knew up from down, thought boys had cooties and was completely dependent on her mom and dad, to being reintroduced to me as a young adult who stays awake past 9 PM, goes on dates, makes mistakes worse than not making her bed in the morning, and is sufficiently independent of her parents. I truly appreciate that you haven’t given up on getting to know me as an adult, although I know it would be a lot easier to just brush that fact off and remember me as the little girl you used to take to get Mickey Mouse pancakes before dropping me off at pre-school. And although we had a very tumultuous five or so years, the future is looking better and better and I look forward to rebuilding a stronger relationship with you. No matter what, I love you; even when I didn’t really like you. Happy Father’s Day and here’s to a new beginning with a happier end.

Dear Gar~

Thank you for your unending love and support. Your encouragement of and belief in my dreams has been that of storybooks. I know that our relationship is different of a normal father and child because you never had to do any of the un-fun stuff, like discipline or deal with the whining and crying ages, you never had to be the “bad guy,” we left that up to mom (even though she was never really the “bad guy” only when I really f*cked up) but it doesn’t make it any less special. You have been a part of my life for so long, I actually don’t know what it’s like to not have you around. Although, at first the transition of having a “step-dad” was strange and admittedly, less than thrilling, you have proven to be the most wonderful full-time addition to the family that I could have ever asked for (even if you do tell me a lot of the same things over and over again; i.e. watch out for knuckleheads; I wouldn’t have it any other way) and I really couldn’t thank you enough for how you treat my mom on a daily basis. You’re a good man. Happy Father’s Day!

All the love to you both,

XOXO Madison

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