This is a little letter to say "thank you". It's not something I say often and I wanted it written down for you to refer to in the future. For those times I am cross. Or tired. For those times I shout when you get in late from work and everyone is fighting around me. Or the mornings when I have to get up with the children, despite you having had lie ins for the past seven weeks. Whilst these are the things that can annoy me, drive me mad and whisper swear "For f*cks sake", this is a letter about the other 90% of the things you do. That sometimes can go unnoticed.
Thank you for being an amazing Dad. It sometimes feel unfair that I am more often than not the bad cop but I'm so pleased that you're around to be the good one. The 6ft2 gentle giant that can throw my children high in the air and carry them on your shoulders (whilst I squeal "DON'T HURT THEM"). The one that will always get in the swimming pool and go flying down the slides when Mummy doesn't fancy getting her hair wet. You push them higher than I ever would on a swing and I've seen you knee deep in more ball pools than I would like to count.
You are pretty bloody fantastic and I want you to know that. To the kids you will always be the laughter to me shouting, the high swing ride to my gentle safe stroll. You've taught my son what it means to be a good Father and my daughter just what she should expect from future partners. You're amazing...and next time I send you an angry emoticon at 7am saying "It's time to get up you ar*ehole" I want you to remember this letter and that I appreciate you so very very much.
Your loving (and more often than not quite shouty) wife