Friday, October 05, 2007

More Than Words

Dads tell their daughters what they need to hear, and what they want to hear.

Each afternoon Teresa listened for the front door to open, knowing well what she would hear next – her father’s voice calling out her name. When she heard the creak of the door and even before he had said a word, she dropped everything and ran to him. He stooped down, wrapped his arms around his little girl, and picked her up and spun around, her feet flying through the air, her shoes sometimes scuffing the walls. She laughed uncontrollably but never took her eyes off his smiling face.

Never failing, after a few turns he put her down, grabbed her shoulders and looked into her little blue sparkling eyes. That was when he said the words Teresa had waited all day to hear: “I just can’t believe how beautiful you are becoming.”

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