Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying your Saturday. In honor of Father’s Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a letter to my dad with you all today. I’ve seen other people do these ‘open letters’ on their own blogs and loved the idea so I thought I would give it a try.

Dear Daddy,

First off, I want to say thank you so much for being my father. I know it hasn’t been easy all the time. I know that I’m pretty stubborn and annoying at times, I know that I do stupid things, I know that I worry you. But through that all, you’ve stuck beside me and loved me with every part of yourself.

Thank you for laughing at my horrible, awful jokes. I know that I’m usually not very funny, but you at least try to humor me at times and I really appreciate it. Thank you for all those nights you let me watch Alaska the Last Frontier and Naked & Afraid and Finding Bigfoot and a bunch of other ridiculous shows with you. Thank you for sitting through the entire Hunger Games series with me because you knew how much I loved them. Thank you for all those times you picked me up from school and listened to me prattle on about my day. Thank you for staying up with me all those nights I got sick and couldn’t fall back to sleep. Thank you for the hugs, the kisses, and the laughter. Thank you for the amazing advice you’ve given me over the years. Thank you for the long walks and the weird childhood stories, like that one time you got locked in a museum with your brother at night. Thank you for attending every single one of my musicals in high school and for listening to my graduation speech a million times until I had it down perfectly.

Thank you for letting me follow my dreams and go to Madison. Thank you for coming and visiting me every once in a while, even though I know how much you hate the three-hour drive. Thank you for bringing me to the airport and watching my plane take off for New York. Thank you for always telling me to “be careful” at the end of our phone calls and Skype conversations.

Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for being patient, understanding, and encouraging. Thank you for allowing me to grow up and become more independent, but being my rock whenever I needed you to be.

Thank you for everything, daddy. I know that this letter will never really be enough to pay back what you’ve done for me, but it’s all I have to give at this moment. And I just hope you know that no matter what happens next, or where I end up after graduation, I will always be your little girl.

Love,

Casey

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