We talk of Father's Day, and think of one-on-one time with Dad, fishing and catch, and gifts of ties and tools. I appreciate gifts like these as much as anyone, but what I value most are the non-tangible gifts and life lessons that my daughter gives as a matter of course, that are part of the big girl she has become. Below are some of the many Father's Day "gifts" I have received over the years, and my thank yous to my daughter.
Thank you for helping me learn to put someone else's well being and interests above my own.
Thank you for reminding me of the importance of patience, especially when it's taking a long time to leave for work because a certain little person is taking her time getting ready and putting on her shoes.
Thank you for your laughter, silliness, and our crazy, kicking games.
Thank you for your willingness to try new things.
Thank you for your curiosity and endless questions of why and how things work.
Thank you for your creativity and all the artwork and pictures you have created for me.
Thank you for your hard work, and attention to your school and homework.
Thank you for trying so hard to listen, even when you are so angry and upset because you're not getting what you want.
Thank you for your love, on Father's Day and everyday.
Thank you for the gift of immortality, because I am you and you are me, and you will go on.
I love you, daughter.