A Letter To My Kids by Jared Padalecki
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
The following is the exact copy of Jared Padalecki's letter for his kids...Enjoy!
Dear Tom, Shep, and Odette,
I realize that Father's Day was supposed to be about...well..."Fathers"...praising them and thanking them and making them feel needed and appreciated.
But, as a "Father" in this relationship, I wanted to change things up a bit. Specifically, I wanted to take this opportunity, after my FIFTH Father's Day (and counting), not to say, "You're welcome", but to say "Thank You"...
You've woken me up earlier than a rooster would even CONSIDER crowing.
You've given me sleepless nights, where I thought you might NEVER, in fact, go back to sleep.
You've peed on me, pooped on me, and vomited on me (though not necessarily in that order).
You've used me as a bean bag when I read to you.
You've used me as a punching bag when I don't.
You've made me contort my body into 70 different
positions in order to climb into the back seat and get your car seat buckled.
You've coerced me into watching cartoons and animated movies over and over and over again...and over again.
You've turned my trailer into a jungle gym.
You've turned my office into a "secret candy storage bunker."
You've turned my bed into a UFC octagon.
You've turned my truck into a giant garbage and food crumb receptacle.
You've made me stop whatever I'm doing so that I can go catch the lizard you just spotted outside.
You've yelled at me to stop the car to chase the deer or squirrels that you spotted.
You've made me chase YOU into the streets to get you back on the sidewalk!
You've made me replace upholstery that you mistook for a blank canvas (though, in all fairness, it does kind of look like a blank canvas).
You've reduced me into tears whenever I witness you in pain.
Thank you for all the extra sunrises I've been able to witness.
Thank you for letting me experience that special feeling you have when you know the world around you is sleeping.
Thank you for making me wash my clothes more often than I used to (Did your mother put up to this?)
Thank you for making me read more.Thank you for keeping my reflexes up-to-speed.
Thank you for keeping me flexible.
Thank you for giving me a believable excuse to watch Lion King and Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol (I really do love them:)
Thank you for making my trailer feel like more than just "a place I go to work."
Thank you for our "don't tell Mom" excursions up to my office to have a sweet treat (I, TOO, really like candy...)
Thank you for testing the mattress springs...they've held up so far.
Thank you for making me feel my truck more often (again, Did your mother put up to this?)
Thank you for sharpening my lizard-catching skills (I was world-class when I was your age).
Thank you for making me attempt warm-up-free wind-sprints midway into my thirties.
Thank you for making me remember why it's so important to drive slowly through neighborhoods.
Thank you for creating art that is worth more to me than any Wharhol or Picasso.
Thank you for letting me feel what it's like to love something more than yourself.
You've taught me more than any teacher or mentor ever could.
I have your back. Now and always. Though I should warn you, sometimes "having your back" will mean not letting you do something you think you want to. Or, maybe, it will even mean "scolding you" when you're doing something dangerous, or "correcting you" when you're frustrated and lashing out, or not quite being who your mother and I know you can be.
You've humbled me. You've helped me rediscover the joy of discovery. You've turned my world upside down.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Note to myself:
* In real life, I can't really say what a father should or should not be (I'm not a father yet, but if one day I am, I wish I could be a good role model for my kids). Being a good father means always showing up for them, to love, to encourage, and the most important, to practice what you preach - be the living example.
*In real life, I can't compare, say, or write about my 'real' or 'biological' father, if you will. There are things that should be kept private, and his stories are one of them. I can't really judge why he did what he did, or why he is the individual that he is. What I learn from him:
1) Every decision you make has consequences.
This is what you must avoid at all cost;
- A lie begets a lie
These are what you should strive for;
- Kindness begets kindness
- Love begets love
2) Real change, only possible if it comes from within (you cannot force someone to change for you). If that person were to change, it had to only come from the heart).
3) The most important thing I learn...is that my Mum is the ONLY person that I should make happy, proud of, and the one who deserves every praise-and-thank that I can give.
I don't celebrate, but Happy Father's Day 2018!
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