At age 8, your dad
buys you ice cream. You thanked him by
dripping it all over his lap.
he paid for piano lessons. You thanked him by never
he drove you all day, from soccer to one
birthday party after another. You thanked
him by jumping out of the car & never looking
he took you & your friends to the movies.
You thanked him by asking to sit in a
12, he warned
you not to watch certain TV shows. You
thanked him by not listening.
13, he suggested
a haircut. You thanked him by telling him
he had no taste.
14, he paid for
a month away at summer camp. You thanked
him by never writing him.
15, he came home
from work, looking for a hug. You thanked
him by ignoring him.
16, he taught
you how to drive his car. You thanked him
by sneaking out with it.
17, he was
expecting an important call. You thanked
him by being on it all night.
18, he cried at
your graduation. You thanked him by
staying out partying.
19, he paid for
your college tuition, drove you to campus & carried your
bags. You thanked him by
saying bye outside the dorm so you wouldn’t get
he helped to pay for your wedding,& told
you how much he loved you. You thanked
him by moving far away.
he fell ill & needed you to take care of
him. You thanked him by reading about the
burden parents become to their kids.
& one day, he quietly died. &
everything bad you did came down on YOUR
If you love your dad, favorite.