You know exactly what to say when I do not want to listen to anything. You make sure I do not go the wrong way when I act like a snub. You know exactly how bland I like my food to be. You let me ask stupid questions only to help me find an answer to my problem. You know what I like to always find in the refrigerator when I am hungry. You reiterate what I say to you when I know and you know I am right. You know every trick to make me eat a vegetable that I loathe. You know I won’t take the trouble of getting up from my chair to get a glass of water and you don’t mind getting it for me ever. You do a lot of other amazing things and you know how you do it. I do not have a clue and I do not think I will ever have a clue.
Well, I do not intend to make this write up sound emotional. But I know it will. I am not someone that writes good things about anyone. I have been self-centered mostly. But because it’s your birthday, I am being nice. Or should I say I am being nicer. All I am going to write are pure facts. But I am writing it in a decorative way. I mean every word. But honestly, I could have written it in a straightforward way. Because you know I mean it anyway!
I never wanted to grow up. But that’s inevitable. There are good things that came along too as a part of growing up. You became a friend. All the amazing things that you did became much more amazing. I feel great and blessed.
As a child, I always wanted to be like you and mom. I still want to. Playing with the stethoscope when you guys weren’t around made me extremely happy. At that point in time, I never knew how tough and strong you guys are. I just found it fascinating. I never looked into the sacrifices you had to make. Now, I do. And doing so, makes me feel honored to be your daughter.
That’s something good that came out of growing up, I believe. And a lot of other good things, for sure.
Happy Birthday, Dad! Just wanted to let you know, growing up is bad. But growing up as your daughter is the best!