I would just like to interject at this point.
Do you actually sit down and talk to yer Dad?
I mean no offense cuz I don't know you or your situtaion. Please try to understand where I'm coming from.
Your Father raised you. He's spent his entire life looking after you and doing what he felt was in your best interest. And as articulate you are (for your age), it seems he's done a fair job.
You on the other hand, have raging hormones wanting to create an abyss between you and him. Again, no harm meant. You are at the age that most young men want to distance themselves from their parents. You want to be independant, and it's completely natural. It's the way things work.
I ain't no shrink, nor do I play one on TV. BUT...
I can tell you that your Father knows what's coming around the bend. You will soon be gone (in his eyes). He has no intention of hurrying up that process. He loves you and he would love to have you around for a little longer.
Try to see it from his eyes. If you should ever have children, you'll look back and understand.
The only time I ever heard my Dad say 'I love you', was on his death bed. I still wish he was here. Why?
Cuz I never really got to talk to him. He bad - my bad. We both lost.
Put the guns aside. When you get up for school tomorrow, give him a hug before you leave. When's the last time you did that?
Ok... Off the soapbox and on to paying bills.