Monday, October 22, 2007

Grace

Dads want their daughters’ attention just as much as she wants his.

Andrew, father of two year old Grace, enjoys taking his little girl on a date now and then. They usually walk to a nearby restaurant, holding hands and laughing at things the other has said during the day. Grace, energetic and excited, calls back for her dad to hurry and catch up as she skips down the sidewalk.

Upon arriving at the restaurant Grace makes a beeline to the pastry case and tries to decide what she will have for dessert. One evening she selected a blueberry tart. It was the last one and Andrew asked the waitress to bring it to their table if Grace finished her meal.

As she ate Grace couldn’t help but to look at the pastry case from time to time. She managed to slurp down the last bite of pasta as the dishes were taken from the table, and again she looked toward the pastry case. When the tart finally arrived, her eyes grew as big as saucers when it was placed before her. “It’s all yours,” her dad said, “I’m full.” He knew she could eat every bite by herself, and she did.

While she licked sugar crystals from her fingers, Andrew paid the bill. On the walk home, Grace happily skipped ahead again and dad ran to keep up with her. Back at home, they stood together at the sink and brushed their teeth, laughing as they made faces at each other in the mirror. When bedtime came, dad read to his daughter from one of her favorite books. She tried to stay awake, but with a full belly and tired legs, soon drifted off to sleep in his arms.

It was a date that will be remembered for years to come. What dad could forget it?

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