Dear Dad,

Thank you for everything that you provided for our family as I was growing up. As an adult I sometimes think back and remember how comfortable I was growing up, and I don’t recall ever really wanting for much.

However, I also recall that as I grew older, you didn’t interact and spend much time with your children. Over the last several years I have tried to figure out how that happened. How could you be such a good provider and create a comfortable home life, but not be a part of other family life activities? As I mulled it over the last 2 or 3 days, I think I finally figured it out.

It’s not easy being a father, and life can wear a person down. A father must juggle work and other responsibilities with family activities. A father must put aside other life frustrations in order to take care of his family and make home life comfortable for everyone.
At this point in my life, I can really understand and appreciate everything that you did for our family when I was growing up. I can now understand how sometimes you just want to have a break and take a rest.

I have learned several important lessons from this new understanding, and at the top of the list of lessons learned is that a father must make a conscious effort to spend time with his children. Sometimes it’s not enough just to let that family time happen “organically”, it takes effort.

Other life demands can easily swallow up time that would be better spent on interacting with my family. Even though being a father can be difficult, I love being a father, and I want to make sure that my own daughter can see how much I love it.

Again, thanks for everything and have a great Father’s Day! Let’s grill some cheeseburgers!

Love,

Paul

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