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17 Things We Forgot to Thank Our Dads For


As we grow up some of us don’t realize how big of an impact our dads have had on us. We don’t realize all of the things that they have done for us, like those times where they have always been there, no matter what. This is for the girls who can hardly go a day without talking to their dad and for the girls who call him their dad a best friend.


  1. He taught us the difference between a flathead and phillips screwdriver, along with all of the other tools he has in the garage.

  2. He shows us what it is like to be loved unconditionally by a man, which sets the standards high for potential suitors.

  3. He started our life-long obsession with that one sport. He was at every game and constantly encouraging you when you had a bad game. He was.pushing you to be better because he believes in your potential sometimes more than you believe in yours.

  4. He shows you how a man should treat women by the way that he treats your mom everyday. Whether it’s cleaning up after dinner or dropping her off so she doesn’t have to walk through the parking lot, you see the right way a man treats a woman that he loves.

  5. For all of the bear rides and shoulder rides when you were too tired, eventually turning into piggy backs. And then those moments turned into hugs when you started to get too big to fit into his arms.

  6. For playing cool, loud music in the car, while teaching us all different types of music genres. He influenced the music you have in your library more than you give him credit for.

  7. For being a little bit overprotective of his little girl, but then eventually we realize that all of his over protectiveness was a good thing. Sometimes we even miss having our dad there to fend off the losers.

  8. The history lessons, political ideas and religious concepts that he sat up late at night talking to us about because we don’t learn about those things in school. He seems to know so much about so many different things.

  9. Taking our training wheels off when we were brave enough. Then, eventually teaching us to drive a car and trusting us to drive his car.

  10. Forgiving you when you forgot your cleats in his car, for leaving your homework at home, and for bringing you your lunch when you didn’t have time to pack one. He’s always on-call.  

  11. Teaching you little pieces of advice that will stay with you forever. For example, to never stick a knife in a toaster, and that it’s not a done deal ‘til the money is in your wallet. As stupid as they seemed when he first started to tell you them, you realize now that they make complete sense.

  12. He lets you learn the lessons that are important for you to learn. He was, and always is right, but never once has he said, “I told you so.”

  13. He taught you to always respect yourself and to have class. It’s the little things like not leaving your fingernails and toenails with chipped polish, or dressing and acting like a lady.

  14. He has been empowering you and making you believe that you are worth the world ever since you said your first word. He’s told you that no matter what anyone says, you can accomplish anything.

  15. He has taught us that money doesn’t grow on trees as well as the value of the dollar. However, he did kind of help you out with some financial support when we got our first credit card.

  16. Showing us to take pride in everything we do, and if we didn’t have time to do it right, then we must have time to do it over.

  17. He has taught you what it’s like to have a best friend who has been there since day one, and that no matter what, he will always be there.

My name is Shelby, I am an Advertising major pursuing minors in both PR and Graphic Design. I love being around people and experiencing new cultures, ideas, and beliefs. Some of my best memories here at MSU are spent with my best friends. My all time favorite quote is Maya Angelou's "I've learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
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