If you’re female and you’ve been blessed with an endearing relationship with your father, no matter how old you may be, you’re still Daddy’s little girl.
Our middle daughter recently called and wanted to speak to her father. While he chatted with her, she surprised him with an invitation to spend a day out with her – just the two of them, her treat.
Hubby’s birthday falls in the same month as Father’s Day and daughter had promised him then she had a special gift in mind. Between her job, wedding planning, and spending time with her fiancé, she doesn’t have many weekends free, but she set aside one Saturday just for her dad.
She planned ‘Daddy-Daughter’ day with an activity they both would appreciate. These two share a love for historical places, so a trip to one of the local museums seemed perfect. Unfortunately, this particular site closed early that day, so they took a detour to our city’s National Aviary and then a scrumptious dinner out afterward.
As always, our photography prone daughter snapped lots of pictures. Anyone who views those photos easily could surmise that daughter and dad experienced a great day together. I wonder how many twenty-something daughters care to spend a day with just dear ol’ Dad, and how many fathers really devote time to their daughters. I think there are multitudes of daughters who desperately desire time with their fathers but are cheated of it, and that truly makes me sad.
My father was Dad to three daughters. It’s safe to say, next to my mother, we three girls were the light of our Dad’s life. He always treated us like his treasures. Even after we all became adults, he continued giving us gifts of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Dad loved spending time with all of his girls, and that included grand-daughters too.
Our father didn’t have a role model since our grandfather died when Dad was a baby, so our papa set his own fatherhood standards. And they were exemplary. My sisters and I never felt unwanted, unloved, or like our father didn’t have time for us. Instead, we experienced the reassurance that we were taken care of, protected, safe, and very, very loved.
And that is vastly important for a young girl as she grows up. Research shows that fathers have just as much and often more influence on their daughters as mothers do. One researcher (L. Nielsen) states a “father has the greater impact on the daughter’s ability to trust, enjoy and relate well to the males in her life…well-fathered daughters are usually more self-confident, more self-reliant, and more successful in school and in their careers than poorly-fathered daughters.”
All you Dads out there, it’s time to step up to the plate and tell your daughters how important they are to you. Better yet, show them. If you need some good pointers, I’d recommend this book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, by Dr. Meg Meeker.
It’s never too late to let your daughter know she’s still Daddy’s little girl. I know that I’m grateful my father made me feel secure in his love. And today in Chapter 8, Page 5, in my yearly book called Opportunity, I’m also thankful my husband is that kind of father to our daughters. Maybe that’s why the following Subaru commercial always makes me cry!
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