Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Muffins

I am searching for inspirational stories about father-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom, teach moral and important life lessons, and give others insight into how to nurture and maintain a healthy, loving and fulfilling father-daughter relationship.

If you are a father or a daughter, I want to hear about your parent-child relationship experiences. For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website, www.gregoryelang.com, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

Now on to today’s post…

“Each morning Linda eats the top half of a chocolate chip muffin, the only part of the pastry she really likes, and then saves the bottom half for her dad who will eat it later. What began on her part as an effort to eat light and on dad’s part as an attempt to rescue Linda from mom’s ire over wasting food, the muffin sharing scenario had become a ritual in their household. Not only is the ritual an easy way to share a quick breakfast, it is, at least for Linda, an important symbol of their daddy-daughter relationship.

In her way of thinking, the bottom half of the muffin represents her dad; she is the upper half. She rises and flourishes, stabilized and supported, standing on the shoulders of her dad, Mike.

Throughout her life, Mike has been devoted to supporting his daughter’s dreams. When she was five years old and told him of her plans to have eighty children when she grew up, he promised to be a helpful grandfather. Both competitive types, they played tennis together as often as they could, Mike helping Linda to become a star tennis player and eventually captain of her high school team. Later, in a continued effort to support and encourage his daughter, he became the coach of her softball all-star team and practiced with her as often as she wanted.

While they loved spending time together playing sports, academics always came first with Mike. He spent as much time editing papers, listening to speeches and reviewing and quizzing vocabulary words as he did on the tennis court or softball field. He was there to help Linda succeed, urging her along but never pushing her more than he should. She began to excel in school just as she had in other aspects of her life.

Equally concerned about Linda’s moral aptitude, Mike was also attentive to important life lessons, like making sure his daughter developed a habit of giving back to others. He was known around town as the cookie guy; beginning two weeks before Christmas he baked cookies and delivered them to the public servants in the area. Since the age of six, Linda has helped her dad find decorative cookie tins at yard sales and then to bake hundreds of chocolate chip and old fashioned sugar cookies. She carefully packed them in the tins along with a Thank You note they had written.

Just before Christmas, Mike and Linda spend an entire day driving through town to deliver the cookies to the fire, police, and emergency departments, as well as a few of their lucky neighbors. They have been doing this now for fifteen years.

Linda is about to graduate from college and begin her career; she is hardly a little girl anymore. But she is a capable and confident young woman, in large part because of the support she has always received from her dad. And yes, he still eats the bottom half of her chocolate chip muffins, even though blueberry is his favorite.”

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

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