Don't forget: This Sunday is Father’s Day! That means it’s time to pay tribute to the men who made us who we are today. They were our first love (kinda, not in a creepy way), the first man who told us we were awesome, and once upon a time, we were quite certain that no other man in the world could possibly live up to the one we called, “Dad.”
But the relationship between fathers and daughters can be just as complicated as the one between mothers and daughters. Sure, the screaming matches at the age of 13 may have been worse with our moms, but once those teenage years roll around and you realize there are actually other men in the world, things can change with dads as well. Of course, they tend to swing back around again, but man, those teenage years really wreck havoc on all our relationships, don’t they?
Just like our mothers, our fathers are the concrete beneath our feet, and the man by which we will probably, for better or worse, compare other men to — this goes for lovers and friends. So, in honor of Father’s Day, let’s take a look at all the wonderful (and hellish) stages of our relationship with our dad, in GIFs, of course.
1 TO 2 YEARS OLD
“Ok, so this is the ‘fun’ one. He feeds me sometimes and even changes my diaper, but he seems to prefer to play than do the dirty duties. I’m down with that.”
3 TO 4 YEARS OLD
“I’m totally going to marry dad when I grow up.”
5 TO 6 YEARS OLD
“Ha! Mom never lets me swing this high! Look at me! Look at me! Look at… OUCH!”
7 TO 9 YEARS OLD
“What do you mean I can’t sleep over Sally’s on a Thursday? I’M GOING TO ASK MOM! SHE’LL LET ME.”
10 TO 13 YEARS OLD
“Bras, periods, cramps, and trying to miraculously keep it all from you before you discover I’m not your little girl anymore. Dad, check back in a couple years. You just don’t get it.”
14 TO 15 YEARS OLD
“If you’re not nice to my new boyfriend when he comes over, I will never talk to you again. I swear it!”
16 YEARS OLD
“Dad, you are the uncoolest person I’ve ever known. How do you even function."
17 YEARS OLD
“No one understands! Especially you, dad! I’ll NEVER love that way again! I’ll be alone forever!
18 TO 20 YEARS OLD
“I’m glad we finally have an understanding that mom just isn’t as fun as us. Now can I have money for spring break and a new bikini, too? You always were my favorite.”
21 TO 23 YEARS OLD
“I know it hasn’t always been easy, dad, but I think we can agree you weren’t exactly easy either. I mean, you did wear those Walter White glasses in public well into 2013, and we all know that look only works for people who cook meth.”
24 TO 28 YEARS OLD
“It’s true, dad, there really is no one in the world like you. I’m sorry for being a shit for the last decade.”
29+ YEARS OLD
“Mom just said I’m starting to act JUST. LIKE. YOU. And you know what? I’m totally cool with that. Finally.”