Why I love my dad (code name “Atticus”)

Anja (age 9) and her dad

Anja (age 9) and her dad

We continue our exploration of love and relationships this month with a guest post by a 9-year-old friend of mine. Anja plays piano, writes stories, and loves to bake. She has a physical disability that doesn’t stop her from doing anything she wants to do. She’s a smart cookie! Here she is with a guest post about how much she loves her dad.

Valentine’s Day love for my dad

by Anja

I love my father. He is my “comforter” and an amazing dad. He is always the person I talk to when I am feeling down.

My daddy and I both love each other very much. We both love baking cookies. Just a couple of days ago we made his secret chocolate chip cookie recipe.

We have long discussions about business, entrepreneurship and Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank. He and I also love history and the past. My favorite era in history to talk about with him is probably the William McKinley & Teddy Roosevelt era. So many great changes went through our country at that time; like when Teddy Roosevelt extinguished monopolies.

Talking with my dad tends to be where I feel most close to him. I always can ask him for advice and he gives the most positive feedback to me. We also are close via “code names.” I call him Atticus and he calls me Scout because we read To Kill a Mockingbird together. My dad is like Atticus because he never lies. He also is very encouraging and positive.

My entire family goes to fun parks over the summer. My daddy and I went down a very fast water-slide together. We both had an awesome time.

As you can see my daddy and I have a very close relationship.

Easter Seals is taking a look at relationships of all kinds, with disability in the mix. Love knows no disability and these stories prove it. Take a look at more relationship stories and advice at easterseals.com/love.


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  1. bedavaligtvizle Says:

    Upvote from my side your heart is priceless.

  2. Aunt Kathy Says:

    Anja, You and your Dad are both special and lucky people. You make me feel lucky just to know you! Hugs!

  3. Orlando Says:

    Anja, your dad is what I call “a man’s man”. You are both lucky to have one another.


  4. Gigi Says:

    Anja, you and your dear dad both rock. Love to you both. Aunt Gigi

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