An Open Letter to my Father


Sunday, June 21, 2020

Dear Dad,


Thank you for being my role model, my inspiration, and most importantly, my father. We’ve been through good times and hard times, but you’ve always stood strong in the face of adversity. I’ve been your little buddy, your enthusiastic helper, and occasionally the annoying brat but we’ve always faced the uncertainty of life together. 

When I think about all the things we’ve been through, I’m so proud of the person you’ve become and things you’ve been able to accomplish. I know that it hasn’t been easy and the journey is far from over, but looking back, I wouldn’t trade any moment with you for anything.

You taught me the importance of hard work. During the days of yard maintenance and helping you with home improvement projects, I may have not understood the deeper purpose of work. Especially work for the sake of working with the only reward being the satisfaction of a job well done. But only years later do I see that you instilled in me a work ethic that values time and effort to improve myself and my surroundings. You showed me that you do not have to be the smartest in the room or the strongest, but the one who works the hardest. 

You taught me that actions have consequences. Though one of the hardest lessons to learn, still one of the most important. Sometimes I look at the world and I’m so thankful that you showed me right from wrong.

You taught me to be a good person first, no matter what career I decided to pursue. To you, it didn’t matter if I chose to be a doctor or mechanic, the only thing that mattered is that I treated people with respect and dignity.

You taught me that life isn’t fair (but that’s okay). Sometimes the world will knock me down but you always picked me up, time after time. You showed me how to keep my head up and never give up. 

You taught me to listen first and speak second. Most of the time, you aren’t going to be the smartest person in the room, so it’s best to assume that you can learn something from someone else. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

But you showed me a love that’s unconditional. I know that sometimes we fight and we disagree, but that never changed your love for me. As I grow older, move out of the house, start my career, and have a family of my own, it will all have been made possible because of the countless sacrifices you made for me. Today we celebrate Father’s Day, the one time a year we stop and really appreciate the father in our lives, even though we should be celebrating them every single day. 

Thank you dad, for showing me love, patience, and kindness. Thank you for always believing in me and supporting my crazy dreams. Thank you for being my dad. 

My only hope is to be half the father you were to me.



Clay Robinson is an Economics student at Arizona State University. You can catch him tweeting, watching Parks and Recreation, or ordering an iced caramel macchiato.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Clay Robinson is an Economics student at Arizona State University. You can catch him tweeting, watching Parks and Recreation, or ordering an iced caramel macchiato.

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