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man oh man. fathers.

have you ever heard an actor say, "if you can do anything else [besides act], you should"

well personally, i think that's total bullocks. the best actors should be able to do damn near anything and yet choose to act.

that being said, when you've gone to acting school for four years, it is very easy to feel completely unqualified in a real, working-world setting.

i was telling my father this. and so he sent me the following email.

A while back when we talked, you were upset because you did not feel that you were qualified to do anything. I have been thinking about your concern for some time now and composed the first of two lists. The first list is suitable for printing and putting in a pace where you will see it on a regular basis.

Enjoy, Love Dad.

Sunday, May 18, 2009


I thought about this for some time and decided you are well qualified to:

Be you
Write your own story
Have fun
Be loved
Make a friend
Be a friend
Make dreams come true
Touch a heart
Touch a world

Be seen
Be strong
Be weak
Stand tall
Be independent
Be political
Laugh out loud
Bring insight

Be beautiful
Show compassion

Congratulations, you are qualified to do all of the above, or some, or none, your choice. You are also qualified to add to this list at will.

Love, Dad

Man oh man, am I lucky.

Thanks, Dad. You're so right. I am pretty darn qualified.

And pretty darn lucky to have you.


Ivy Morgan said...

aw how sweet

Belen said...


Elizabeth Marie said...

awwww! Girl you are amazing, your dad is so right. Thank you for you kind words yesterday, as usual! You definitely brighten my days.

What an amazing father you have! XO

Diana said...

bajeezus, you have an amazing man that raised you! no wonder you are so wonderful!

Mariah said...

I think if my father ever emailed me something like that I would have a heart attack. Simple, yet elegant. Perfect.

Alex said...

I believe in you!

Bee @ Contently said...

This is the best list. Your dad is awesome!

Belle said...

What an amazing dad you have! That is just fabulous and so very true! You are capable of setting the world on fire darling! xxx

Morgan said...

so wonderful! you're a lucky girl.

Helen said...

Funny, they say the same thing about writing ... "if you can do anything else, do it." Ugh. Guess I missed the boat on that one ;)

Your dad is a sweetheart.

P.S. I wrote back to you in my comments section :)

Sarah said...

Beautiful list! Your Dad is a great guy.

Fashionably Kate said...

The world needs more wonderful dads like yours! I'm so thankful I have a great father myself! ;)

ZooNam said...

Beautiful...this post made my day :)

Krissa said...

How sweet is that!
Your dad is awesome! What a great list!

kat. said...

this is beautiful and my dad would do the same thing to lift me! it's nice to feel so lucky. great dads make the world go round...

Wisdom + Understanding said...

You are blessed to have such a thoughtful and articulate father <3

Jessica Tingey said...

don't you just love dads? this is beautiful. and you are wonderful! thanks for sharing.

Single Girl said...

iM jealous.

Sometime you just need a letter like that. A reminder.

miliusia said...

oh.. how sweet and close to me..

siovhan said...

what a fabulous man. kudos. great dads are such an asset--and yours definitely qualifies.

and you are DEFINITELY beyond fabulous. you deserve to be happy!!

Kelsey said...

Seriously one of the sweetest things I've read! What an awesome dad.

Hanako66 said...

your father is amazing.

Courtney said...

oh geez, this made me teary.

I love it when dad love comes from out of the blue.

iheartkiwi said...

maybe one of the sweetest things i've ever read... i got little goosebumps. it makes me want to give my dad a big hug.

kate. said...

so.. im printing this out and putting it on my wall. is that ok with everyone? i looove it

Ann Marie said...

yes, indeed, you are lucky.