Happy Father’s Day – A Letter To My Father

Happy Father's Day Letter

Today is a special day for those of you who have sons and/or daughters. I wanted to wish all of the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!  I’ve only been able to celebrate this day for a few years, but it is already a special day for me. My two boys mean the world to me and though they don’t understand the meaning of this day, I enjoy spending it with them.

It’s a different feeling when you are a father compared to when you are celebrating your father.  I do think that fathers get the short end of the stick with the holiday.  Though we get a day just like Mother’s Day, the celebrations are not as elaborate.  It has been shown that people tend to spend more money on Mother’s Day gifts than they do for Father’s Day gifts.  Luckily, I tend to not really care for gifts anymore, but would rather have some great experiences.

That’s why today I’m celebrating with steak tips and good beer while grilling with my family. Nothing better in my mind.

I hope all of you get to celebrate with your family and maybe have a chance to relax. I wrote this letter to my father a few Father’s Days ago and I wanted to send it back out to him as a reminder of how much I respect and love him. I’m luckily that I get to spend this day with my dad and I want to make sure we never take it for granted.

A Letter to My Father

Dear Dad,

As I have grown up, I have realized that I am truly thankful for having you in my life.  Through the ups and downs, the thick and thin, you have always shown resilience and will power.  You have taught me how to succeed in life without holding my hand the whole way.  You gave me the proper tools to get ahead in life and to create a lifestyle that I wanted.  Yes, I made mistakes, but you were always there to back me up and put me back on track.  For that, I thank you.

I never comprehended how much you worked to provide for our family until I was older.  Maybe it was because I was selfish and wanted to worry about my own life, or maybe I was naive.  I don’t know, but I truly understand what you have done for our family.  You never sat around waiting for things to happen, you went out and created opportunities.  I truly respect how hard you work and the things you have accomplished in life.

My friends have always told me how interesting you are, but I never really got it.  It’s probably because you are my Dad, and I have heard your stories before.  Now that I step back, you really are a very interesting man.  You have done things in life that many people only dream of.  Not only have you done them, but you have succeeded doing them.  That is something to be proud of.

One thing that I have learned in the last couple of years is what it takes to be a man.  You never really understand this fact until you get out of college and into the real world.  You truly don’t understand it until you have a child.  Being a father is not just about taking care of your child.  It is much more.  It is about taking care of your whole family and teaching lessons without even speaking the words.  It is about lifting your family up when they are down and pushing the family through when times get tough.  A father’s role is tough, and you excelled at it.

As a young kid, I always thought that the measure of success what how much money you made and how many cool things you had.  How wrong was I?  I have learned over the years that success really doesn’t have anything to do with money.  I think success is all about what you have accomplished in your life and experiences you have gained.  One can measure money, but it is much harder to measure accomplishments.

As I look at you, I know that you are truly a success.  You have worked hard, raised a family, started businesses, become a grandfather, traveled locations around the world, and many other things that I don’t have time to list.  Based on these factors, I know that I don’t have to worry about how much money I have or how much I made, I want to create opportunities and experiences.  That is success to me and I wouldn’t be able to achieve that without you.  Your passion, your drive, and your knowledge is inspiring.

There is no other man in the world I can compare to you because you are in a class all your own.  Having said this, I want to make a promise to you and I hope that you make it back to me.  It is time that we spend more time together.  We need to stop making excuses and just make time.  I want my sons to enjoy playing with his grandfather and as you know, he is growing up too quickly.

Let’s go get spicy food and go for a round of golf (I am working on my game ;)).  Let’s go eat some good ol’ barbecue and drink some great beer.  There are so many things that we can do, but we just need to make time.  So, what do you say?

Love,

Your Son

About the Author Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $75,000 in debt ($50,000 in just credit cards). I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a WordPress support company, along with another blog, Eyes on the Dollar, which is another great personal finance blog.

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14 comments
Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says June 16

Grayson, what a wonderful gift you’ve just given your dad. These are the words that every parent longs to hear: that their children would choose the parents they were given over any other in the world, and that they admire, love, respect and enjoy their parents. You know now, Grayson, that having a child is to experience an amazingly profound love for another person. There are no words to describe a parent’s love for their children, and no words to describe how it feels when your child writes you a letter like the one above. Well done, my friend, and Happy, Happy Father’s Day to you. 🙂

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    Grayson says June 16

    Thank you Laurie. I want to stop making excuses for why I don’t see my father enough. He is only about 20 minutes away, but we are both really busy. It is time for a change. I hope you enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day today.

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SuburbanFinance says June 16

That is so sweet! Thankfully I read this otherwise I would have forgotten it was father’s day.

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    Grayson says June 16

    Thank you and I am glad that I could provide a reminder.

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Cat Alford (@BudgetBlonde) says June 16

How sweet, Grayson! Your dad sounds like an amazing guy!

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    Grayson says June 16

    He is an amazing guy and he has so many experiences that he has taught me over the years. I couldn’t have done all the things that I have without his guidance.

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funancials says June 16

Very sweet. Your words trump my phone call and gift card. It sounds like your dad is a great man and it seems like he has a great son, as well.

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    Grayson says June 16

    I appreciate the words. I wanted to go a little further than I have before.

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KK @ Student Debt Survivor says June 16

Such a nice letter. Also a good reminder I need to call my dad, step-dad and grandfather. Happy Father’s day!

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    Grayson says June 16

    Thank you KK. I hope you get a chance to make the calls.

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Canadian Budget Binder says June 16

What a heartwarming letter mate. I’m not a dad so I don’t know what it’s like to be a father for Father’s Day. The point that you touched on in your letter and I’m sure MANY fans can agree on is that we don’t know how much our parents did for us until we are older. It has nothing to do with money but all do with love.
Cheers

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    Grayson says June 16

    I don’t I would have ever realized what my parents did for me until I got older. You just have a different appreciation as you age. I appreciate the words Mr. CBB and I hope you have had a great weekend.

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Girl Meets Debt says June 16

Happy First Father’s Day to you Grayson! I’m sure your dad loved your sweet letter 🙂

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