How happy I am to be your daughter! My plan was to pick a favorite memory of ours to share briefly today, but here I am in front of my laptop, and I'm finding it hard to pick just one. The interesting thing about looking back on the memories I have with you is that there is always a life lesson in it.
When you helped me learn my lines for my first lead role as Hoagy in "Pete's Dragon," I learned just how invested in my success you would forever be. When you took me on my first driving lesson the summer before eighth grade, I learned that you were trusting (brave? optimistic? crazy? Kidding! Maybe...) and willing to let me grow up. When you held my hand in silence on the drive home from the hospital in college, I learned just how special our bond is. When you encouraged me to pump up the volume of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and started raisin' the roof, I learned that parents of teenagers and college students could still make their kids giggle like toddlers. And when you talk with me on the phone for two hours at a time, I learn more about you as a friend.
I love you, Dad. Happy birthday!