An Open Valentine, to My Dad

Every year of my life when Valentine’s day rolls around I’ve known that I wont need to worry about not being chosen by someone, because for the past 28 years I’ve had the very same Valentine.

In 28 years I’ve learned that he likes Snickers candy best, only trumped by homemade chocolate chip cookies that he can stash in his desk to hide from the rest of the house. He’ll accept year after year of framed photographs without protest – whether the frames are made from Popsicle sticks or purchasedfrom a department store. But most importantly, in 28 years, I’ve learned that he will love me for me, no matter what, and no matter when.

It means just as much to me on this Valentine’s day, as I find myself waking up to make a special breakfast for my own little girl, and to send my amazing husband off to work with a special tray of Valentine cookies and an extra kiss, as it did when I was in middle school and the boy I had my eye on didn’t ask me to be his Valentine. My Dad has taught me loyalty, and the strength that is in the true, unconditionallove between family.Whether he knew it or not, he’s shown me all along just what I would wish for in my own little family someday, just by being him.

Thank you, Dad, for being the example of what I wanted in a husband and a father for my children. You are the strongest, most loyal, and most loving Dad a girl could ask for – I feel so lucky to have you in my life, and as my Forever Valentine.

This year, I hope you’ll accept being publicly humiliated on my Blog, in front of all 16 of my readers, since I know you already havea secret stash of cookies that you’re working on. If you want, I can make you a Popsicle stick frame for youto put this post in :)

I love you with all of my heart – thank you for being you, and helping to make me, me.

Your Little Girl

 

 

 

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