During events like Father's Day, special messages are like an unspoken tradition worldwide. No one says you have to write them ... but you do. I don't have any issues with writing these little messages (I think they're great) but my biggest issue is how to start.
Now I know you love puns, silly jokes and all kinds of humor, which is a good thing because that means I can come across funnier than I actually am, but how do I start your message like that? Guess what, papa? I forgot what day it is today. JUST KIDDING IT'S FATHER'S DAY! And after reading that, you're supposed to laugh.
See? It's not funny when written down.
So I scrapped that idea and went on to the next: cheesy.
If you google 'father's day quotes' (searching it for research purposes only), you get some pretty deep stuff. And by deep, I mean:
"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad."
"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."
"Don't tell mom."
Yet seeing as
a) you already knows you're special,
b) I'm still shorter than you, and
c) you wouldn't dare hide anything from my mom, those quotes don't work.
So the cheesy intro had to be crossed off the list too.
But you know, after thinking about it for a while, I guess the best way to go is to keep it direct and genuine.
I love you an incredible amount.
From the moment I was born to my graduation into university (plus all my really awkward embarrassing stages in-between that I refuse to acknowledge), you've always been there 100% no matter what. You are one of the very few people I would ever feel comfortable enough to rely on - regardless of what I ask, you'd always try your best to do it.
Both you and mama are some of the most special people I know, not just to me but also out of the people I've met. Your genuine down-to-earth personality and easy-going attitude is second to none and I will always be grateful for it. You may not realize how much we appreciate every thing you've done for our family, but just know that we do. You're an irreplaceable figure in my life and I will always love and admire you for who you are.
Happy father's day to the family teddy bear and most adoring person I know.