To My Sweet Daughter, Here’s Everything I Want You To Know About Young Men

So for anyone of you who are subscribed to Thought Catalog, you probably have stumbled upon this post already by Benjamin Sledge. This is just the sweetest letter I’ve read from a dad for his daughter and so I’m sharing it with you all! I hope you find the time to read the entire letter and let me know what you think of it.

MY DEAREST DAUGHTER,

One day you will ask me “Daddy, what was the war like?” and I will freeze like a deer caught in the headlights. “How should I answer a question like that?” I wonder. Especially to a young girl, curious about what she’s learned in school.

“Daddy was in the war. Both of them. I see his medals in our hallway!” Perhaps this is what you’ll tell your teacher. But as you grow into a teenager you’ll have more questions, and I imagine I will be somewhat of an enigma at times.

So instead, my dear Adelaide, I will tell you about young men and honor.

When I was a young boy, I was told by other boys that nothing was better than getting one free hand up a girls shirt in the middle of a dark movie theater. It was a strange sentiment because I just wanted her to smile at me and hold my hand. But holding hands was for “fags” they said. Grow a pair and cop a feel.

There is a terrible thing that happens in a young boy’s head when confronted by other members of your pack. Like jackals running wild, you do not want to be left alone to hunt, for fear that the pack may turn and devour you. So when they ask you to take down the innocent gazelle, you shyly comply to prove that, you too, are a member of this pack. This tribe. Continue reading “To My Sweet Daughter, Here’s Everything I Want You To Know About Young Men”

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Be More Than An “I Love You”

“Respect one another because you each deserve the other’s respect. Treat each other the way you wish to be treated as you express opinions, thoughts, dreams and desires ~ make these matter as much to you as it does to the other.”

Savoring Sixty and Beyond

What does it mean to love someone or to be loved by someone?  Maybe it is the security of knowing that we occupy a place in someone else’s heart or the significance we hold in someone’s life.

Maybe it means that in spite of our silly oddities, our looks, and our imperfections someone can see us for who we are and they love us anyway.

We are someone who matters to somebody else.

4 Singing softly in my ear

Once in a while the words “I love you” can be just that ~ words.  Over the years I have learned (sometimes the hard way) about love and relationships.  Not just in the romantic sense like the love I share with my spouse, but also the love I share with all my children and grandchildren, my BFF, and my extended family. The most important thing I have learned is: It is the ACTION taken…

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Finding true joy in love

Pass on the love you have received and experience the truest of joy.

A stored up love will only melt away.

A chained love will find a way to break free.

A stolen love will end up being a fantasy.

However, allow love to blossom on its own, and it will stay by your side. Love knows its place and finds its own room to grow. Do not hoard it. Do not locked it up. Do not grab onto it. Let it flow freely.

When you pass on love, it will ultimately multiply beyond measure.

When you are not your best, I will be your best

Through illustration and poetry, Seeds Planted In Concrete is Bianca Sparacino’s raw testament to the beauty that is found within the contrasts of life. By writing truthfully about the intricacies of both love and loss, Sparacino’s first collection of work is one that will speak to the very depths of those who read it, inspiring a will to love, and live. This collection is a manifesto of the journey every human being takes throughout their life; an assembly of words that celebrates the resilience of the human heart through stages of hurting, feeling, healing and loving. For more information about Bianca, visit her profile at Thought Catalog.

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If You’re Not Sad In A Relationship, Then You’re Not With The Right Person

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“If you’re not sad in a relationship then you’re not in the right one.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s just, if you’re with the right person, if you’re with someone who changes your life, and who enlivens you — you’re not going to be happy every single day. Continue reading “If You’re Not Sad In A Relationship, Then You’re Not With The Right Person”