To the fathers that are yet to be. There are no words that can truly explain what awaits you. But it's worth it. Every beautiful, terrible, perfect, glorifying, difficult, exhausting, magical moment is worth it. Though those kiddos may make you want to pull your hair out most days. The small moments when they see you after waking up and give you the biggest, most welcoming smile. When they run into your arms without prompting and give you a big, sloppy kiss. When they tell you you're the best Daddy ever. When it feels like the world is crashing down around you, and they instinctively know to give you one of their sweet, tender little hugs. It's those moments that define and shape your entire being.
To the fathers that have lost. We see you. We know you. I know it doesn't seem like it today. But you will get through it. One day at a time.
To the men that didn't have to be fathers, but chose to step up to the plate. To the ones that picked up the broken pieces of a broken family and made it whole. Thank you. You're more important than you could ever comprehend.
To the men that work so unbelievably hard to support their families, without question. Thank you. To the husbands and fathers that continue to give and give of themselves. Thank you. Though you may infuriate us at times, the love and appreciation we feel is 100 times stronger. If only we could remember to show it more often. Here's to you, Dad.