Thinking Out Loud | Happy Father's Day!

June 21, 2015

Happy Sunday and Happy Father's day to all the dads out there! I know moms are mostly the ones celebrated and that dads are kind of "underrated" in a way but I want all the dads out there to know that you are love and appreciated! Whether you're a stay-at-home dad or working late hours all the time, everything you do for your family and those you love hopefully won't go unnoticed. And I know Mother's Day wasn't too long ago and I didn't necessarily go out of my way to do a blog post about that but that is in no way intended to seem as if I don't care about my mom as much as my dad. I love both my parents and even though majority of my childhood I grew to learn not to love or even acknowledge my father you really don't know what you have until it's gone. And yes that is pretty much foreshadowing to how serious this post is going to get and I just want to put a big disclaimer out there that this is in no way a post looking for sympathy or pity. I am not looking for that kind of attention nor do I care for it.

This was the last picture we took together before he passed away last year. I don't really have many other pictures of him because I just never grew up with any pictures of him around. As you can probably tell I was one of those kids who grew up being taught to not really be fond of their father. I admit he's wasn't the best dad out there, and the only way he knew how to connect with my brother and I was through quantitative love. Either it be money or giving me things I didn't necessarily need. It was to be expected though, we never really got to see each other and when we did it was awkward and we just never developed that sense of connection that a daughter and father should have.

He was dealing with the illness for a while. I remember I was still in high school or so when he first mentioned some kind of "sickness" he was going through and how he didn't feel as good as he should but insisted to buy me a new car after the other one he gave me got wrecked. Then I remember how he got upset with me because I told him I didn't want the car because he needed the money more than I did. He saw my rejection to the car as a rejection of his love.

The message I wanted to send through this post is basically that I know that it's more common nowadays where children grow up without a father and I know at a young age it's hard to understand why your parents aren't together like the other parents you see. Even so, don't take what you have and what you think you don't have for granted. Don't just take one day out of the year to appreciate those you love and care about. I know sometimes your friends and family will frustrate you, but that's what family and friends do, and there's no doubt that you probably frustrate them from time to time, but regardless of all that in the end you still love them and vice versa. Don't forget to tell someone you love them and don't act spiteful towards them on purpose because you never know when you'll lose them.

I hope everyone really took the time to show your dads, friends, family members, and pets how much you love them and happy fathers day to all the dads out there whether they're with us physically or not. And I hope this post didn't put a big damper on your guy's day :( I'm doing fine and I know my father is in a better place now and I genuinely hope this post inspired people to really appreciate those around you. Again, happy father's day and I hope you are all having a good weekend :D

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