In this special feature we share a story by 11 year old Aneesa and one of the “speeches” presented to her classmates. We think it demonstrates the power of family relationships and the importance of Informal Mentorship. With parental approval we share this story….

Taylor Swift once said “my dad is a chitter chatter, the social butterfly; friendly; knows everybody in the whole world by six degrees; tells me that every performance was the best he’s ever seen, every new
outfit is the coolest, he’s my constant cheerleader”

This sounds exactly like MY DAD.

I don’t remember the first time I met my dad as a newborn but I do remember the story about this one night when I was only a few weeks old. My dad was holding me on the couch and I wouldn’t stop crying, he held me on his chest and comforted me.  When I finally fell asleep he accidentally dropped the remote, but couldn’t get it, as he was afraid to wake me. It happened to be stuck on the worst channel of all. Horror movies! And he hates them. He didn’t want to wake me up because he knew I wouldn’t want to go back to sleep, so for me, he watched horror movies all night.

My dad is my world and tonight I am here to tell you all about our special connection, all the things we have in common, and about the many pranks and games we play.

Our special connection can’t be compared. We tell jokes that no one understands, no matter how many times we tell them, they aren’t even inside jokes! We think alike so much that sometimes it is just creepy! He always gives the best hugs and when we’re together we are like the same person.

But DNA isn’t the only thing we share, we also have a lot in common. We love the same movies, foods, restaurants and songs, and we listen to 80’s music all day long. Thanks to him I now know 90% of all 80s and 90s music.

We absolutely love to play games together and play pranks on each other. One example of a prank he played on me was a few years ago when I was sleeping in my room. My dad woke me up at three o’clock in the morning and said “Aneesa it’s time for school” I was too lazy to check my phone to see what time it was, so I got up. I started getting changed, and finally he said that it was the middle of the night! We also play a game we call the circle game. You have to make your hands into a circle and put it below your waist. If somebody looks at it you have to punch them lightly in the shoulder. It’s so fun! I know It sounds like a silly game and a waste of time, but that’s what I thought at first too. You just need to give it a try.

Even though we’re always joking around we always know when the other has had a bad day. No matter what, we are always there for each other. One time I had a bad day and I got a really bad mark on my math test. I got in the car and he asked me what was wrong, after I told him he immediately took me to go get ice cream at dairy cream. We had a really good talk and he made me feel so much better about myself.

There is no one in the world like my dad and I know our relationship will be so strong throughout the years of my life. Our relationship reminds me of the theme song from the show Friends. It says

“I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.
I’ll be there for you, because you’re there for me too.”

Special Feature – Mentorship….Family Relationships



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