Monday, June 16, 2008

Back in GA

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.

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.

I’m also conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If you’d like to submit a daughter-mom photo to display on this blog, please email it to greg.lang@mindspring.com.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is August 1, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Today’s photo is one I took last week of Jill and Linley before Linley left for summer camp. Yes, BabyGirl sings in the car on the way to the market and all the way home.

I found this mention by Salee Reese in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette when I came home late last night:

“Gregory E. Lang illuminates that invaluable and irreplaceable bond in his book, “Why a Daughter Needs a Dad.” He writes: ‘Nurtured with love, the relationship strengthens and brings out the best in both, softening the rough edges of fathers and providing strength and security for their daughters.’

Laced throughout Lang’s small but powerful book are moving photos and snippets of wisdom on how dads ‘nurture with love.’ Lang is the father of a daughter, so his writings are ‘loving reflections’ of what he hopes to bring to her life.

I can only agree with Lang: Dads can bring out the best in their daughters.

Girls thrive when they experience the unwavering dependability of a father. When a daughter gazes into her dad’s eyes, she needs to feel how special she is to him and not worry that he might someday remove her from his heart and that he will never turn away. When she feels abandoned by him emotionally, her pain is horrendous and frequently manifests in a weakened sense of self-worth.

On the other hand, the steadfastness of a dad’s adoring eyes – his enduring excitement to see her – makes her shine inside. The result is an unshakable self-confidence.

As a personal example, I remember when I was in sixth grade telling my dad I wanted to be an astronomer when I grew up. Dad smiled warmly and said: ‘I’m convinced you can be anything you want to be.” Dad’s vote of confidence and his solid belief in my abilities and what I could achieve has carried me throughout my life.’

And speaking of my dad, fond memories were activated when I read one of the lines from Lang’s book: ‘A daughter needs a dad who does not mind when she steps on his shoes while dancing.’

Yep, fathers give us daughters something very special. Let’s never, ever lose sight of that.”

Thanks Salee!

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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