I know we live in the same house, but there are so many things that I have never said to you. I know we both are related by blood, but sometimes it feels that we barely know each other. I know you have done whatever was in your capacity to do for me, but I, on the other hand, may not have been the best child. So, today I am writing this to you, to tell you how much you mean to me and that I am thankful that I got you as my father, because honestly, I know I am not easy to handle.
When I was really young, about 5, and I didn’t want to go to school, you came with me to school and confronted my teacher who used to hit me a lot. You told her that I was not to be touched and that explaining was easier than hitting. I was too small to understand the real meaning of those words, but today I feel I couldn’t have explained it better myself. And, when I grew a little older and told you that I wanted to learn how to ride a cycle, you smiled at me and got me a cycle. I was unable to balance myself so you came with me every day so that you could hold me from behind, or could pick me up when I fell.
Then, when I became a teenager, a quite difficult one, when I used to stay on the internet 24*7, you paid the internet bills and when the phone bills started shooting up, you didn’t get it cut because you knew I was calling my friends. A little later when I started answering back, you always told me to watch my tone, but you never lifted a hand on me. You knew I was bunking school to go watch movies with my friends, but you kept giving me pocket money anyway.
Later, when college started, I used to barely be at home, but you allowed me to go for the trips which my friends were going for. You tried to talk to me, but I used to dismiss it as something totally unimportant. I remember when I was hurt in love and was crying for days, you came into my room and asked me breezily if I wanted to talk to you about something. You made sure I make it through my first heartbreak strongly. I never told you, but that was the first time I ever spoke to somebody, older than me, about my breakup.
And then a couple of years ago, when I was going to sit for campus placements and wasn’t all that impressed with my CV, you sat with me and made it perfect. You dropped me to my first interview and when I got through, you were the happiest. You took us out for a family evening later.
Today, when I am busy with my job and don’t get to see you as much as I would like to, I just want to say, thank you, for everything that you have done for me. I wish I was half as good as you are. You prepared me for everything in life. And little did I realize that you stayed back in the office till late only so that I could afford going to all those movies, trips and fancy colleges. I am grateful to you in an inexplicable way and wish to become like you someday.
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