I’ve been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out what to give you for Father’s Day. Cologne? You don’t wear it. Tickets to something? Too expensive. Clothing? Ennnh, you’re happy with the nine million pit-stained t-shirts you already have. And the truth is MY money is basically YOUR money and really it’s all the KIDS’ money, so anything I buy for you comes out of our family account and I’d rather save it for something awesome than spend it on stupid present I managed to scrounge up at the drugstore at the last minute because I’m required to spend $40 on you for a silly Hallmark holiday. But I think I’ve come up with the perfect present.
Please don’t think I’m cheap for doing this because really it’s the thought that counts, right? Shoot, I hope it is. Okay, just in case you think this present sucks, please let me know and I’ll lie and say I have to go buy tampons or some other emergency item but really I’ll sneak over to Lowes or Home Depot and quickly buy you an electric screwdriver or some BBQ tools or something else we don’t need.
So here goes. This is what I’m giving you this year. No, I’m not kidding. This. Literally THIS. A letter. Yup, this letter is my present to you this Father’s Day. I know what you’re thinking, that I should run to Home Depot right now before they close. Wait, wait, don’t say that yet. Keep reading. Because what I’m about to say in this letter is really very important.
Here’s what I want to tell you.
When you asked me to marry you, I knew you were great. I knew that I had somehow gotten really lucky in life and that for the first time the stars aligned and gave me the best gift my life would ever receive. And I married up. I married up big time.
But here’s what I didn’t know. I didn’t know that you would actually get even better. I didn’t know that you would become the best father that ever existed. I mean I know I’m biased but I really truly believe it. Do you know those mugs and sweatshirts and picture frames that say #1 Dad? I’m seriously tempted go to every store on earth and buy them all because there is only one person they should go to. You.
The way you make our kids laugh. The way you tell them creative stories every day. The way you take them into your office even when you’re crazy busy and spin them on your chair. The way you’ll hug them after they throw-up but before they’re cleaned up. The way you volunteered to be Zoey’s soccer coach just so she might like soccer a little more. The way you record every Blackhawks game so you can watch the end with Holden the next morning since it’s always on after his bedtime. Or the way you share a green bean with him just to get him to try something new.
Etc etc etc etc etc.
I actually think that someday when the kids are older that they’re going to love you more than me. I know it’s a stupid thing to think. It’s not a competition. But it doesn’t bother me because you are THAT good. You deserve it.
So if you ever doubt yourself, don’t. If you ever think you’ve yelled at them a little too much, or if you ever feel like Zoey hates you because you’re being too strict, or if Holden ever sneaks out and you think it’s because you did a crappy job or something, stop. You are literally The Best Dad On Earth. And don’t you forget it.
Now I’m off to Home Depot to buy some “tampons.”
One damn lucky woman
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