Friday, August 10, 2007

Musing


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…

This is an edited version of something I wrote earlier and have since improved upon as I have worked through several drafts of Daddy’s Little Girl:

“It seems that in spite of all the differences there may be between the fathers and daughters of the world, be he a doctor or craftsman, she a student or lawyer, early or late in life, religious or not, wealthy or not, dads and daughters are very much alike in the manner in which they relate to one another.

Dads put their daughters before their own interests, striving to create special moments and lasting memories for her, protecting her from harm and disappointment, always seeking to spend quality time together, always praying never to let her down. Daughters anticipate daddy coming home, eager to show him a new trick, a report card, or request his counsel on a matter of concern. As much as daughters enjoy being a daddy’s girl, dads enjoy having one to dote on.

Daughters enjoy their dads always being available to her and never tiring of her need for his attention and affection. Daughters crawl into their daddies’ lap to hug and kiss him before resting her head on his chest, sometimes asking him to sing their favorite song. Dads never forget those moments when he could hold his daughter in his arms, and is always ready to sing to her, even if over the telephone.

Dads find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in their important role in their daughters’ lives. They do not shy away from the unfamiliar girl stuff, the hard tasks of parenting, nor their daughters’ tears or demonstrations of independence and revolt. Dads stand ready to help whenever the need arises, even if in the darkest hours of the night. Daughters never forget those moments when her dad proved once more that he was indeed the hero who would never let her down.

Daughters look to dads for help with school projects, his applause during her performances or events, to be a friend when she is lonely, and to help her out of sticky situations. Daughters give their dads an affection he cannot find anywhere else, and a love he will cherish to the end of his last day.

Dads find ways, sometimes in the face of limited resources, to make things fun, special, possible, for their daughters. Dads show their daughters the world, and the importance of smaller, everyday things, like having dinner together, talking, and holding hands now and then.

It also seems that age has little to no bearing on a woman’s desire to have her place as a daddy’s little girl. As toddlers, little girls fear their dads have disappeared when he leaves the room; as an adult, daddies’ little girls fear the time that remains with their fathers will pass all too quickly. Daddy’s girls remain daddy’s girls even long after daddy has passed away.

Indeed, every daughter is a daddy’s little girl, and every daddy wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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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