"I miss you."
My dad and I have always been incredibly close. When he was diagnosed with cancer last year, I thought my world was ending. We've been pals since day one, and I know I can always count on him for literally anything. As our family dealt with getting him through his cancer treatment this past year — pretty damn successfully, I might add — I became all the more aware of how appreciative I am of everything he's done for me my whole life and how I know how much he loves me.
After I grew out of my bratty teenager phase and realized that my dad asking me to call if I was going to be late or offering to drop me off somewhere wasn't him being annoying or uncool, it was just him showing me he cared, I realized how important it was and how lucky I was to have not just one but two parents who care endlessly.
Consider this a thank-you letter to my dad, who has done everything for me and shown me how much he loves me, beyond simply saying "I love you." I'm grateful for him every single day.