Saturday, October 6, 2012

31 Days of Awesome Relationships : : Day 6 : : A Wedding Song ... for Dads


 
This one's for each and every Daddy out there whose terrified young wife applied the death grip to your willing hand as she delivered your naked, screaming little girl into this world.  Who did the 2am feedings and patiently walked the creaking floors at o'dark thirty with the sweet, colicky one.  And frantically paced those same floors 18 years later when curfew had come and gone.
 
This one's for you, Daddy, who changed endless sodden, messy diapers and applied pink band-aids and buckled shiny Sunday shoes and tied crisp bows on frilly dresses.  And sat through endless games of Candy Land and tea parties prepared at a knee-high metal kitchen in the corner of her room.
 
It's for you because you built a tree house and let your little girl have confidence to ride a bike without training wheels and swim without being held and win at the science fair and handle a hammer like a pro.  You knew when to say 'yes' and when to say 'no way.' 

You drove endless hours back and forth to be sure she experienced the love of grandparents and great-grandparents and vacations by the water.  And years later bravely taught her to drive that same rusty old car.  Even though she hit a mailbox or two along the way and you aged a couple of decades in the process.
 
You were trustworthy and reliable.  You worked day and night to put food on the table, loved your wife and children faithfully, served your community with joy, and steadfastly remained in the family of God even when things got disappointing and unpleasant.  Watching eyes and a trusting heart soaked it all in.
 
And you somehow knew how to let go ... yet still be very much present.  And you did it well. 

Not perfectly, but well.
 
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6 comments:

  1. Great job. I love your style. Your subjects are so diverse that it grabs a wide audience. I see that the more you write, the more your unique and catching style comes out. Your writing keeps improving all the time.

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  2. I love my dad! He did such an awesome job raising my sister and I and I'm so grateful to God for the father he is.

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  3. Oh yes ... me, too.

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  4. Loved the post and the song. Dad's are so important to their daughters - a role model to see what is important in a future husband. The post brings alot of memories!

    Marilyn

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  5. I tried my best, but regretfully I was still asleep when my first daughter was born! God has answered prayer and seen fit to use both my daughters for His glory.

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  6. Oh, amen! Beautiful. Hooray for dad. Awesome relationship, for sure.

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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