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Personal Essays

Happy Birthday, Dear Dad

May 10, 2018

Hi Dad,

Surprise! Today as I’m heading for a destination 11,000 kilometres away from home, at this very moment you’re hopefully out in the barn, drink in hand, with your horses and your friends, celebrating your 60th trip around the sun. I am aware that they’re celebrating against your will, but that’s what makes them good friends, right?

You know, Dad—I’m pretty happy with how my life is turning out, and I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a written high five and thank you note for everything you’ve done to help me get where I am today.