Sunday, June 15, 2008

fathers and daughters

To my sweet M,

Today is Father's Day and we will be extra mindful to honor your father. You are still a little girl with a small understanding of the world so you don't realize how lucky you are, how amazing your father is. You don't see it yet but you will one day. Right now he's just your daddy, the expected other half of your family. The guy who is always here. But he's so much more.

He's always, always here for us. He puts his family first every single day. And he does it with so much integrity. He always tells you the truth, even if you don't like it. He doesn't evade the hard stuff. He makes time for you, a lot of time. He takes you on little adventures and strives to teach you about the world. You know how to recycle because of him, and you can identify all sorts of insects and reptiles and birds only because he takes the time to show you. He does this because he cares so deeply about the planet and he wants you to, too.

He loves you beyond measure. When you were born he started crying, my daughter, he kept saying, holding you close and his eyes, M. I'd never seen his eyes filled with that particular brand of wonder until he laid eyes on you. He loves us, baby girl. He loves us and loves you and is such a tremendous father every single day. You picked a really good father, my precious girl.

So today we'll honor him with what he likes best. A long walk in the woods and perhaps a little baseball on TV. It's magnificent in it's purity. Sort of like your dad. I am excited to watch your relationship grow as your awareness of him grows. As you learn about his beauty and what it means in terms of how you'll see the world and the men that will one day follow.

I love you,
Mama



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12 comments:

slouching mom said...

your m., i do believe that she's a lucky girl.

Amanda said...

MAy it be a wonderful day, as all the ones that follow.

flutter said...

You are lucky, beautiful women, you and your M.

Happy Father's day.

Bon said...

sniff. it gives me such joy to see my child with his father, his good father. i am glad for M and every other kid so blessed.

ewe are here said...

Lovely.... M is a very lucky girl.

painted maypole said...

beautiful.

lucky girls, you are, lucky girls

(and one lucky daddy, too)

QT said...

Happy Father's Day! You sound like two lucky ladies ~ hope it was a good one.

bgirl said...

beautifully written, appreciated and loved. lucky M, lucky mama, lucky daddy.

crazymumma said...

I know. You know I know.

patches said...

sweet

Amy Y said...

Whatta man!
I love watching the relationship between my husband and his children. It sounds like M & J have certainly got a good thing going!

Susanne said...

Sniff. And you are right, and this is what my husband does for our son too. And, like you, I hadn't expected it to be so instantaneous.