Monday, February 25, 2013

My "Thank You"

As parents we want the best for our children. We want them to have everything that we did not have. We want them to avoid the mistakes that we made. We want them to be the best they can be. We push, we pull, we dream, we slave, we work, we sacrifice. There are millions upon millions of parents who do what is necessary to raise their children. It is a thankless role. Many times kids do not appreciate, understand, or even care about the efforts being made. Society is too concerned with celebrities and who-knows-what to thank the parents for a job well done (which means that we get to have a better world to live in). 

I do not need a "thank you" or payment.

To me fatherhood is its own reward. I am blessed to have you in my life princess. I feel proud and honored to be called "Papi" by you. It is a role that I cherish and hold dear to my heart. Our relationship is a blessing to me. I get to see you grow, develop, experience the world in ways that I cannot remember doing myself. I am able to witness the miracle of life in every moment that I spend with you. That is my thanks, that is my reward. I pray that I am lucky enough to be here for a very, very, very long time to enjoy it in its many phases.

Love, 
Papi

Monday, February 4, 2013

Love Unseen

I love you more than you could possibly comprehend at this point in your life. You are too young to truly understand and see just how much I love you. It is not just words. It is not just deeds that you can witness. It is not things that you will find out about. The love a father has for his daughter goes well beyond that. It entails the thoughts, feelings, and dreams he has. For her. For himself. For his family. There are sacrifices made, unspoken, that the world will never know of. For such is the duty of a father. To love unconditionally. To love beyond what anyone can see. To love with their mind, heart, and soul. In many ways a father is like a guardian angel. You might not see him but know that he is always there.