Now and Gen: A Letter to My Kids By Jared Padalecki

Around Father’s Day, Jared wrote a letter to our children. It’s one of the most beautiful and special letters I have read, so I just had to share. The kids may be a little too young to fully appreciate it, but one day I hope they read this and know what a great dad they have. When it comes to being a father, Jared has found his calling.

Post Father’s Day Thoughts by Jared Padalecki

dear tom, shep, and odette,
i realize fathers day was supposed to be about…. well… “fathers”… praising them and thanking them and making them feel needed and appreciated.

but, as the “father” in this relationship, i wanted to change things up a bit. specifically, i wanted to take this opportunity, after my FIFTH fathers 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 always 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 to tears whenever i witness you in pain.

You can read the rest of Jared’s touching letter over at Gen’s new blog: Now and Gen.com.

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