To My Dad, on Father’s Day

Thank you, Dad…

…for demonstrating the importance of education, and setting a good example;

…for letting me play with your monstrosity of a calculator – I would never understand the math (no doubt, to your everlasting frustration), but its resemblance to a typewriter surely had some influence on me;

…for your even temper;

…for taking me nice places, even when I was wearing the “Lucy” button or vying for the “piggy prize”;

…for teaching me the value of a firm handshake and direct eye contact (even if this is interpreted as some sort of sexual come-on in 26 countries outside the U.S.);

…for sound career advice, morning coffee, and commiseration;

…for always being proud of me;

…for helping me find ways around obstacles, like arbitrary age rules for Freshmen, and such, so I didn’t bloody my forehead too badly banging it against brick walls or glass ceilings;

…for raising me to believe there was nothing I couldn’t do, if I could read and wanted badly enough to do it (except maybe Chem I and Math);

…for always being there for me, and a thousand other little things (and big ones), Happy Father’s Day!


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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  1. What a great way to honor your Dad.
    When a father says to a child that there isn’t anything one can’t do as long as you’ll work and study to learn about it and as long as your heart is in it, and that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you differently, then that father is a great Dad.
    Clearly your Dad is a great father and a wonderful person.
    He has raised you well and it manifests in your writings.
    Happy Father’s Day to your Dad, Holly.
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  2. I was just re-reading 2014 for 2015! Thank you again Sweetie and thank all your readers for their comments. I do hope it all still applies!

  3. As a father, you always wonder if you’re doing the right thing raising a child without the benefit of a manual, but I enjoyed your conformation that I didn’t do too bad a job! Thank you for the comments. I love you.

    1. Thank you! You could always start a personal blog, Robin. That’s one of the drawbacks of having a niche blog – you have to stay on topic. I have to stay on topic in other areas of my life; I didn’t want to do that to my own blog (since it’s not a “business”).
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