Thank you for sticking around when the going got tough.
Thanks for never leaving your wives or children in good times or in bad.
Thanks for staying up late at night to help your children with their homework.
Thanks for working so hard to make sure your family had food on the table and a roof over their head.
Thanks for teaching your children how to fish, throw a football, treat a girl like a princess, your daughter how to dance, and how to make a mean steak.
Thanks for putting your family before yourself and meeting their needs first before you met your own.
Thanks for taking your sons and daughters to all of their soccer practices, ballet recitals, and spelling bees.
Thanks for being there for your children when they experienced their first bad grade, bad date, lost game, or their first rejected college acceptance letter.
Thanks for pushing your children to dream big and to believe in themselves.
Thanks for teaching your children about faith, having confidence, and the importance of helping others.
Thanks for protecting your children and for keeping your children safe every night.
Thanks for teaching your children that it’s OK to make mistakes and the importance of learning from them.
Thanks for still loving your children even though they did something that may have disappointed you.
Thanks for always supporting your children, no matter how many times they changed their minds, their majors, their interests, their hearts, or their lives.
Thanks for all of the times you may have disciplined them, even though they did not understand it at the time, you were teaching them valuable life lessons.
Thank you for taking the time to teach them right from wrong, good and bad.
Thanks for forgiving them when they accidentally broke something very special to you despite the pain they may have caused you.
Thanks for waking up at 3 a.m. to change your children’s dirty diapers or to feed them until they went to sleep at 5 a.m. even though you had to be up for work at 7 a.m.
Thanks for always encouraging your children to go after their dreams no matter how far away in their reach they thought they were.
Thank you to all of the single fathers out there who stuck around even though they may not have signed up to be a single parent.
For all of this and more, thank you to all of the fathers out there.
To my own father, thanks for doing all of this throughout the years and so much more. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.myaskmikey.com.