Daddy's Little Girl on Father's Day
Here it is....Father's Day again. My wife, Tammy and I went to a cookout at our daughter's home yesterday evening for Father's Day. We had a wonderful time and I came home with a Si Robertson/ Duck Dynasty t-shirt. I met our daughter, Leia when she was five years old. I became
her stepfather when I married her mother. She was an adorable child with a bright smile and learned how to manipulate me early on. She had a four year old brother at home and a new baby brother too.
I would take her to the store with me....she would ask for candy or an ice cream bar. She would promise me that she could eat it before we got home and her little brother would never know.
I never failed once to give in. That beautiful, sparkling little smile would wrap daddy around her little finger.
Her mother, Tammy and I would often hear her little brother, Dustin scream her name,"Leia!" We knew that Leia was annoying him in some way. She would always
have a totally innocent look on her face. I got angry at Leia and Dustin for not listening to their mother one morning and threw my breakfast down on our coffee table. It was a cream puff....it exploded all over the room and cream was stuck on the ceiling.
Dustin's eyes were wide open with surprise and so was Leia's but she did have a little smirk. The look on their faces was...."Wow...this guy is serious!"It became a family joke to hide the cream puffs when I got mad about something.
Leia was always giving Dustin a hard time and being a mother hen to her baby brother, Larkin. On the way to pick up Tammy and Larkin at the hospital....Leia and Dustin went with me. We had no sooner left when the arguing started. Leia had told Dustin that he was too young to hold the new
I could see in the rear view mirror that Leia was very disappointed in my decision to allow Dustin to hold his baby brother. She was sticking her tongue out at him and giving him the,"Dad is just saying that to shut you up" body language. I can still see that little smirk when she saw my eyes in the
We grew into a loving family in those early years. I watched Leia grow from a beautiful child to a beautiful young woman. I walked her down the isle when she married a wonderful young man named, Dan.
They have two adorable little boys...William and Wyatt.....and a baby girl (angel) named, Ella.I see so much of her in them. The boys antics cause me to remember when she did the same things. Ella is bringing on her antics too, now at two years old.
When our grandchildren, William, Macy, Wyatt and Ella run to give me hugs....they are placed and kept in my heart as the greatest gifts of life.
I have a closet full of,"World's Greatest Dad" T shirts that have been given to me by Leia over the years on Father's Day.
I believe it takes the great love of a family to make a great dad. Whether it's a smile in the morning or a hug just for a hug...the little things bond a family together....because they are the very thing called love.
Leia will always be,"Daddy's Girl" and I will always be wrapped around her little finger. How could I be a great dad if I wasn't?