What I Know This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     My dad chews his food loudly and lets mayonnaise dribble down his chin. Sometimes he steals my chair when I get up while watching TV. When I come back, there he is, smiling at me because he knows I hate it when he does that. He doesn't like talking much, and rarely discusses his feelings. Despite all these annoying things, I love him.

My dad has always provided me with what I need. There has never been a time I didn't have a coat, new clothes for school, or money for lunch. I haven't been spoiled, but he did give me a '93 Toyota with a few dents. I think I'm lucky I always had presents at Christmas and never went to bed hungry. He always comes through and finds a way to give me what I need, even when money is tight. I am very fortunate to have had such a reliable father.

I did a lot of camping, fishing and hiking when I was younger. We all made memories during these times, but when I got older, I started throwing fits when my parents tried to get me to go camping for the weekend. I wanted to spend time with friends. My parents just weren't fun anymore.

Even though I fought and fought, my dad still forced me to go with them. After a few hours drive, and a lot more complaining, I began to have fun. Now I have even more wonderful memories. My dad knew someday I would miss the time we spent together and really did me a favor forcing me to hang out with him. I look back at my childhood and know that he cared about me.

My dad has taught me a lot about life. Thanks to him I know how to change my car's oil, drive a manual shift and bait a fish hook. Some of his best lessons have been about respect, trust, God and love. He has set a good example and prepared me for life.

Although I don't always agree with my dad, I love him. I know I couldn't have gotten this far without him and want to learn more from him. When I am older, I hope to have some of his good qualities. I love him even when he steals my chair.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Jan. 11 at 5:31 am
i love this so much!
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