Time Magazine has a collection of letters to daughters from famous fathers this week, Letters from Dad:
To celebrate Father’s Day, TIME teamed up with Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s women’s empowerment foundation, to ask famous dads to write open letters to their daughters. The responses were equal parts heartwarming (Aaron Sorkin: “Once I saw you sit down next to a kid who was eating lunch all alone—always be that person”) and hilarious (Tom Brokaw: “Sarah, we’ll always have that New Year’s eve where I encountered your boyfriend walking through our house, drinking my precious magnum of Dom Perignon straight from the bottle”). … personal messages from Marco Rubio, Mario Lopez, Rahm Emanuel and more.[From Ethan Hawke]
It’s hard to talk about love. I get shy and stumble around like a teenager myself. But I do want you to know that it is your life and I want you to be in charge of it. Go out and embrace all your passions. Just remember that the secret to enjoying any romance is your own self-respect. If you respect yourself, you will be amazed at the quality of the people who show up around you, and how you begin to respect others. It’s a series of dominoes that fall all by themselves. It is in that sanctuary of respect where love can flourish.
My mother raised me to be a feminist and I wonder how I can do the same for you.
The best advice she ever gave me is to never make a big decision without walking at least a mile. Also, that there is no cure for blues better than reading. Read. It makes you more intelligent. It’s that simple. We all see the universe through the tiny keyhole of our own eyes, and every book is another keyhole from which you can gaze.
Jezebel carries a letter from Mike Adamick, No Ties Please:
Practice gratitude even when you’re not around us.
Everyone has a freak flag and the truly cool people of the universe don’t wait until they’re out of high school to fly it.
Don’t ever forget how to change a flat tire.
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