As we all know, today is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate the fathers in our lives.
Except for me, who thinks that Father’s Day is a day to apologize for failing to be the child that he wanted me to be.
My whole life, I always felt like I was letting him down; here’s a poem that illustrates how terrible I was as a child:
When I was a child, he gave me a lollipop, but I demanded a carrot instead. I was told that carrots made tastier treats than sweets.
When he got me a bike for my fifth birthday, I asked for a doll instead. When he asked me why, I said that I would rather play with dolls than fall off a bike and get cuts and bruises.
I always insisted on dressing in pink even though there were different colors of the rainbow. When dad asked why, I simply said that girls should only wear pink.
The older I got, the harder it was for the both of us to see eye to eye. He wanted me to be tough, but I was better off soft.
On my tenth birthday, instead of a trip to the baseball game, I decided to have a tea party instead. Dad went along with it, but I wondered if he secretly complained about his daughter’s lack of realism, or his lack of understanding.
On my 13th birthday, things changed.
I refused to be popular and have lots of friends; instead, I kept myself quiet and out of the way.
But being quiet and out of the way was the big reason why I was sent to Forks.
But now that I am older and a bit wiser than I was when I was 13, I realized that dad wanted me to be tough.
But I didn’t want to be tough, I wanted to be strong, and I was strong, in my own way.
By attempting to be more of a girl, I learned the true strength of a woman. It wasn’t physical strength that I needed; instead, it was inner strength that we both have.
So there you have it. Happy Father’s Day.
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