Before we get started, I just wanted to say that I love you!!!
I’ve wanted to communicate this to you for quite some time now but I guess I just never knew how to do so. It’s always been sort of uncomfortable for me to express my feelings, I’m sure you know this. But here we go…
Dad, the other day a patient of mine told me ‘tell your parents that they did a great job raising you; they should be so proud‘ & I couldn’t help but tear up because I immediately thought of you (and of course, mom did a great job too ;) ).
Without you, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.
You are my biggest inspiration and I live my life every day trying my best to be more like you. You are so genuine & unbelievably kind to everyone. You treat every single person, regardless of who they are or what their title may be, with the same sincere compassion & the utmost respect. When someone needs help, whether they are a complete stranger or a loved one, you are always willing to drop what you are doing to help them. You’re incredibly selfless & truly do have a heart of gold.
Dad, if I can be even half the person that you are, that would be my greatest accomplishment.
I wish you knew just how much I sincerely appreciate every single thing you do for me.
I appreciate the times you took me into the school parking lot to teach me how to drive a car, how you always made sure to have delicious food prepared for me when I got home from a long day at school, all of the times you would trust me to drive your car even after I drove your car through the divider that one snowy day (sorry!!), how you always put your family first, how you always stocked up on papaya & jackfruit because you knew those were my favorite fruits…
These are just a small fraction of everything that you do for me. But nonetheless, I’m so so grateful for it all.
You’re beyond generous when it comes to others, but you never buy anything new for yourself. Instead, you always justify that you don’t need new clothes because your 10-year old shirt still does its job just fine. Or that you don’t need a new car because your beat-up car (that was older than I was) still gets you from point A to point B. But when it comes to me, my sister, mom, or even our dog, Sushii, you never think twice about providing us with what we need/want.
I’m so thankful that you’re always there for me every time I need you. One time in particular that I will forever cherish was that one day when I called you & mom late at night crying because I hit my breaking point where I was just so mentally & physically exhausted that I didn’t know what else to do. Even though I felt remarkably better from the phone call with you & mom, you guys went out of your way to drive an hour to my apartment in spite of it being past midnight, just to make sure I was okay.
My weekends aren’t the same now that we don’t have our weekly grocery trip adventures anymore. That was honestly something I would look forward to the entire week because I got to spend time with you. I miss going to Sam’s Club with you, eating their samples, drinking their orange juice every single time, and loading the cart with an outrageous amount of fruits & veggies. I miss going to downtown Minneapolis to eat pho at your favorite spot after our grocery trips. I miss the car rides where we would talk about life, jam out to your old school rap music, and be silly & laugh endlessly.
I know at times it may seem like I brush aside and disregard what you have to say but believe me when I say that I genuinely do value your opinion. And I’m sorry for the times I’ve made it seem as if what you had to say didn’t matter because it does & I truly do take your advice to heart.
Dad, although I’ve moved onto the next chapter of my life 2000 miles away in California, I still need you & I always will. I’m sure you know this just from the fact that I still call you every single time I have car (or life) problems/questions haha. Or maybe you’ve noticed that I still need you from the 7 times I’ve visited MN since moving to CA, just to hang out with you. What can I say, you’re my favorite person. My eyes still light up when you call me. I absolutely love hearing you tell me all about what you’re doing, how your week was, and what you’ve been up to. You have no idea just how much these phone calls mean to me. It makes me feel as if I’m back home spending time with you.
Thank you for always being my number one supporter. You encourage me to push myself and always remind me that I can do whatever it is I put my mind to.
I would not be who I am today without you, Dad. You’ve played such a crucial role in who I’ve grown up to be, and for that, I’m forever grateful.
How incredibly blessed am I to be able to call you my Dad.
With endless love,