Even though we don’t share blood or the same last name, you are a dad to me all in the same.
I remember when you first came into my life. You were new and different, and I was unsure. I had never known anything other than life with me and mom, so having a man in the picture wasn’t something I was prepared for. As the years have passed, I have been reassured every single day that I would not have the life I do, or be the person I am today, without you.
You have always motivated me to follow my heart, put my all into everything I do and show an unwavering love to all around me. If you had not come around, my world would be so different.
You have shown me that there is perfection in imperfection and that accepting my flaws is the only way to grow. Whenever I have felt like a failure, you have told me to get up and try again. You have never let my mind stray from positivity, and when it does, you lead me back. Thank you for proving to me that it’s true: there is always sunshine after the rain, as long as I believe hard enough.
You are an unassuming and kindly man. Anyone who knows you can feel your thoughtfulness through your every act. You care so deeply about all who you encounter, even the least suspecting of people. You go out of your way to show people that you care and understand them beyond a surface level. You share your stories of successes and failures, you tell your silly jokes, you make people feel heard. In these ways, you are an inspiration to so many, but especially to me.
You have given my life a better perspective. You have shown me how I deserve to be loved. The way you look at my mom is the way every woman deserves to be looked at. The things you do for her – like write her long handwritten letters, bring her beautiful flowers and surprise her with weekend adventures – are testimonies to your selflessness. Even the way you have raised me, always providing direct advice when my mom’s “mama bear instincts” blocked her clear vision, has opened my eyes to how things should be.
Even though we don’t share blood or the same last name, you are a dad to me all in the same. You may not have been my dad since birth, but you came into my life further down the road and decided me and my mom were worth it. You have always ensured that I knew you were committed to my mom and me – and not just your life with her. You have always loved me as your own.
Thank you for loving us, and while I know it was difficult in the early days for you to wait for me to find my way into loving you back, you did.
As the years have passed, I have been reassured every single day that no matter where I go and what I do in life, you will be there cheering me on the entire way.