Daddy dearest

January 19th, 2012 · 25 comments

Writes Virginia in Sumner, Washington: “Going through a box of old photographs in the attic, I found this birthday card I gave my father when I was five or six. I was a terrible child.”

You should spend more time with me but I love you anyway. Happy Birthday Dad

related: Some daughterly wisdom for Dad

FILED UNDER: birthday · Father-daughter notes · guilt trip · heart · kids · signed with love · xoxo

25 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Bunnee

    Dear Dad,

    You suck, but I love you anyway.

    Your Daughter

    Jan 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

  • #2   elahrairah

    i would put that in a card to my dad today :bitter:

    Jan 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #3   April

    Aren’t all dads like that?

    Jan 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #4   shwo! bang

    You should spend more time with me, and less with my writing teacher.

    Jan 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #5   kermit

    Aww, that’s some sweet guilt tripping.

    Jan 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #6   Kate

    As a former kindergarten teacher I can tell you that it’s totally normal for kids to reverse letters at that age.

    Jan 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   jdaniel

      …and for those same kids to drop out at 16.

      Jan 21, 2012 at 11:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Poltergeist

      Yes, because getting “p” and “q” mixed up is definitely a precursor to a life of half-assery.

      Jan 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   The Elf

      It is if she doesn’t mind ‘em!

      Jan 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #7   Laine

    Dear Daughter:

    You should spend less time asking me to buy you things, then I could spend more time at home.

    Love, Dad.

    Jan 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #8   litchic

    Yep – absolutely normal. Dyslexia shouldn’t even be considered until the child is about 8.

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #9   Kevin

    I did that W thing she did on that card (in the word “anyway”) throughout most of kindergarten. I would draw a long horizontal zig zag and just erase all of the extra zig zags until it became a W; I just couldn’t understand how to do it any other way -.-

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #10   meri

    I’m just glad he didn’t ‘burn her feelings’.

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:55 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #11   Penultimate

    I’m kinda bummed for little Ginny.

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:35 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #12   Poltergeist

    I wouldn’t describe you as a terrible child, Virginia. As PA as this note was, telling your father you love him enough to want to spend more time with him is a lot better than demanding a new toy. That is unless this was all a scheme to guilt daddy into buying you an Easy Bake Oven. Either way, unless your father was a sociopath, I’m sure his heart melted after deciphering these strange letters.

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:54 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #13   The Elf

    Dear Ginny,

    Of all the daughters in the world, you’re the best! Happy Birthday!

    You never slept through the night until you were three, I’ve got a headful of gray hair because of you, and you throw a temper tantrum like a diva, but I love you anyway.



    Jan 20, 2012 at 7:32 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   ratastic

      You left out the part where I shot the neighbor boy with the BB gun. Dad wasn’t too happy about that one.

      Jan 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #14   Adriana

    Yes, Virginia, you were a terrible child.

    Jan 20, 2012 at 7:55 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   Mark E. DeSade

    She’s a Weasley, of course her childhood was rough.

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #16   bliffit

    Y are the Os and Xs segregated?

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #17   Steph

    This actually made me a little sad. I wish I had the courage to ask my dad to spend more time with me.

    Jan 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Rectangle bang

      Great, now I’m sad

      Jan 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   trillium

    I wonder if mommy put her up to this.

    Jan 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #19   Me

    No joke, I used to write like that too as a kid. Mixing upper/lower case and putting letters backwards. The whole shebang.

    Jan 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   Anon

    totally normal to write backwards at age 5!

    Jan 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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