Letter for My Father

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Letter for My Father

Dear Dad,

When I was a little girl more obsessed with books than soccer balls, you did something many father’s don’t: you gave me your time and effort, and read me a book. I don’t remember what the book was called or even what the book was about exactly, except that it was about a girl and her father who called her his “butterfly girl.” And after that, I was forever known as your sweet little butterfly girl.

I still am.

But you didn’t have to do that. As I’ve grown, I realize it probably would have been much easier for you to ignore me completely. To devote your time and effort to the child, the son, you could relate with, who shared your love of sports. You could have dismissed me as “just a girl” you’d never understand and left the reading and bonding moments for my mother.

But that’s not the kind of father—or man— you are. You are dedicated and generous. You don’t shy away from adversity and challenge; you embrace it. You have been a source of stability, patience, and understanding throughout my life. I know I can count on you in my toughest moments and struggles.

I like to joke that I have the best of both worlds genetics-wise. I have my mother’s ageless beauty, intuition, and compassion, and I also have your wise and passionate spirit. You embrace life. You don’t run from it out of fear. Even when the world seems to be against you, you remain true to yourself. And as a result, I’ve learned to do the same.

Growing up, I didn’t realize how influential you truly are. Mom liked to joke that you are practically a celebrity. “I can’t take him anywhere. Everyone loves him!” And all the adults in my life, especially my teachers, seemed to worship you. But you are not a senseless idol on a television screen. Your influence is deeper than that. You take the time and you make the effort to connect with others. You show everyone respect. You know that superiority is only a myth, and life is much too short for an ego. You see the best in people, and you always push them toward it. You push people beyond what they believed was possible, and show them that nothing at all is ever impossible. You give people faith. You give people courage. You give people strength. 

And I am proud to be your butterfly girl.

I love you endlessly, and I am tremendously grateful for everything you have taught me and for all the time, effort, and love you have given me. I couldn’t ask for a better father.

Forever your butterfly girl,


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