It’s a relationship like none other. From the moment that swaddled tiny human being is handed to YOU; your heart overflows with LOVE. Then a precious, miraculous moment follows… the tiny baby girl opens her eyes and looks into yours. It will take your breath away.
You are a DADDY.
The moments are fleeting but so joyous. She will grow right in front of your eyes, with her unconditional love. She will wear her heart on her sleeve. She will fill your soul with an infectious laughter, and will turn to you with her tears. That precious baby girl, your daughter, is your biggest fan. She will follow you around in your big shoes, literally, and she’ll watch you. How you work. How you treat her Mommy. How you make funny noises with your mouth. How you take your pencil, circling it around to create beautiful drawings for her. Your daughter is simply mesmerized with your being.
She puts on her princess dress and twirls in front of you.
You pick her up and spin her around, again locking eyes. You can see that in her smile is PURE JOY!!
“Dance with me, Daddy!”
As she places her tiny feet onto yours, the music starts and together you dance. You will treasure this moment for the rest of your life. In fact you will honor each moment that you are hand in hand swaying to music and twirling on the dance floor in your home.
Soon she gets a little older, she’ll still spin for you with a new outfit or new shoes, but her attention span has widened. She spends time with friends, listens to music, goes to dance class, and writes in her journal. She reads her latest book, watches her favorite television show, and becomes obsessed with the new boy band or singer. That baby girl, who eyes were only for Daddy, seems to be drifting, growing and blooming into a beautiful young woman. Soon she’ll ask you to drop her off a block early, or at the door of the mall, so no one sees you.
But don’t fret; you are still her one and only DADDY. You will always be a huge part of her ever-expanding heart. She will turn to you in times of need, she’ll ask for your advice, share funny stories, and laugh heartily when you play the old songs to which you danced. She will always be your BABY Girl.
“Daddy, I made the cheerleading squad!”
“Daddy, why are boys so silly?”
“Daddy, sometimes girls can be really mean.”
“Daddy, a boy asked me to dance!”
“Daddy, why do bad things happen to good people?”
“Daddy, what would you do?”
“Daddy, I met someone!”
“Daddy, we’re getting married.”
The wedding march music begins in the church. It is time to walk your Baby Girl, your precious daughter down the aisle to her future spouse. Memories of her childhood flood your mind as tears roll down your face. She turns to you with those same eyes that met you for the first time a long time ago and says, “I LOVE YOU, Daddy.”
To my Dad and all of the Dad’s out there…
Happy Father’s Day.
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DADDY.” ~ Proverb