Saturday, August 18, 2007


When you were 8 years old, your dad handed you an ice cream.You thanked him by dripping it all over your lap.
When you were 9 years old, he paid for piano lessons. Youthanked him by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10 years old he drove you all day, from soccerto gymnastic to one birthday party after another. You thanked himby jumping out of the car and never looking back.

When you were 11 years old, he took you and your friends to the movies. You thanked him by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12 years old, he warned you not to watchcertain TV shows. You thanked him by waiting until he left thehouse.

When you were 13, he suggested a haircut that was becoming. You thanked him by telling him he had no taste.

When you were 14, he paid for a month away at summer camp.You thanked him by forgetting to write a single letter.

When you were 15, he came home from work, looking for a hug.You thanked him by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16, he taught you how to drive his car. You thanked him by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17, he was expecting an important call. Youthanked him by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18, he cried at your high school graduation. You thanked him by staying out partying until dawn.

When you were 19, he paid for your college tuition, drove you tocampus carried your bags. You thanked him by saying good-bye outsidethe dorm so you wouldn't be embarrassed in front of your friends.

When you were 25, he helped to pay for your wedding, and he criedand told you how deeply he loved you. You thanked him by moving halfwayacross the country.

When you were 50, he fell ill and needed you to take care of him.You thanked him by reading about the burden parents become to theirchildren.

And then, one day, he quietly died. And everything you never did,came crashing down like thunder on YOUR HEART.

If you love your dad, convey this message to your loved ones...

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