Daddy's Little Girl - a Father's Day Poem

Relationships between Daughters and Dads

Many daughters and fathers have that “Daddy’s little girl” relationship. I was closer to my mother when I was a child, but I do remember experiencing a special feeling when my dad would give me some one-on-one attention. I spent lots of time with my mom, hanging out, talking about everything under the sun, taking walks, cooking, putting puzzles together—all kinds of things. My dad was much quieter and harder to get to know. Still, there are memories that stick with me after all these years, special moments with my dad that made me feel, if only for a short time, like Daddy’s little girl.


Daddy's Little Girl

Though time and miles

Keep us apart and much too far away,

I’m reminded of old and sweet times past

On today—Father’s Day.


The sweetest memory of you and me

That showed me that you care

Were those early mornings before grade school

When you would brush my hair.


Our lives so changed with separate homes

And fewer times together

But the ties we had and still do now

Will hold us close forever.


Scattered moments, fewer words—

A high price that we’ve paid.

But I’ll never forget the thrill I felt

When I’d bring you lemonade.


Our lives are different—busy and full—

My own is in a whirl.

But at times I long to go back in time

To be Daddy’s little girl.


What I Remember as a Child

I do remember my dad brushing my long, naturally curly hair, carefully trying not to hurt my head. And the lemonade reference? That’s what he drank a lot of when I was a kid, so we always had it in the refrigerator. Sometimes he would ask me to go get him a glass, and I would feel a thrill in my chest as I ran off to do his bidding.


And After Divorce

After my parents split up when I was thirteen, I didn’t see my dad as much. I had to work through the fact my folks were no longer together, the fact that I didn’t see my brothers as much, the fact that I had to change schools, and the fact that I would always have two houses to go to. Regardless of whether any of those things were good or bad, they were nevertheless changes to which I had to adjust.

If my relationship with my dad wasn’t as tight as it was with my mom, it was even less so after my parents divorced. I was a young girl who had to work through the issues of not having a father figure at the impressionable age of thirteen. Just to make it clear, though, my dad never deserted me. He was in my life as much as he could be during my busy teenage life, and, later, my college life. I visited off and on, never missing a Thanksgiving or Christmas, often making a Fourth of July or Memorial Day weekend. And my dad has never missed a birthday. Never. He attended my high school and college graduations. He drove to my college town for the day when I had an emergency appendectomy. And I've always known that he would be there for me no matter what. I've been lucky in that way.


And Now That I'm All Grown Up?

After going through the challenges of high school and college, I started spending more time at my dad’s house again. And, over the years, as we—yes, my dad, too!—have grown and matured, I have developed a new appreciation, a desire to know my dad, and an even deeper love for him. One of the coolest things I came to know over the years was his sense of humor--often subtle and dry, sometimes silly and zany. And I've learned that he has depth, too, but has a hard time showing it--just as I do.

I gave the poem “Daddy’s Little Girl” to my dad in a frame on Father's Day back in 2002, I think. He hangs it in his bedroom to this day. I think he felt it as special to be his little girl’s daddy as it was for me to feel like “Daddy’s little girl.”


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jt Walters 5 years ago

Very Lovely poem.

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you think so, JT. It means a lot to me personally.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful poem. I enjoyed reading about your life with your dad.

At my wedding for my dance with my dad I chose Daddy's Little Girl. He passed away 5 years ago and I miss him so much.


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makusr 5 years ago from India

Victoria, When heart speaks, heart has to listen. You have made me very emotional with tears in my eyes. Thanks for sharing this.

With warm wishes,

MAKUSR


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Susan. Sweet comments. I'm sorry you lost your dad. I dread the day that I do. Hugs. :-)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I'm daddy's boy by the way. However, my daddy believes I love mother more than him.

Thanks for sharing your story.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm glad I touched you, MAKUSR. I'm touched every time I read it myself. :-)


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ClassicMovieFan 5 years ago

Wow, that was really great and heartfelt! I was touched. Nice job!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vinaya. Thanks for reading.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, ClassicMovieFan! It was definitely from the heart. Glad it touched you!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Through perilious moments your dad was there, enough to make sure you knew he cared. Wonderful poem from you heart to be shared. I really touched me as a man, who was a boy and had the joy of having a nice childhood that defined your Friend Lord.

Have a nice one Victoria and you are a wonderful daughter, the pic was so charming.

LORD


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, my friend, Lord. Yes, my dad was there, and I'm glad my poem touched you. And I'm glad you liked the photo. I sure was cute, wasn't I? haha. Thanks for your comments...always nice to hear from you....


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Re-submitting this poem and re-publishing, as I'm not sure I entered it at first into the right category. It could be too late, but I'm giving it a shot!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Gently, deeply touching writing from the heart to many other hearts. Thank you for sharing this 'daddy poem'. It's specialness shines throughout!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you thought it was special, frogyfish. Great to see you on here again!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Victoria Lynn, I came across this as a suggested read from another Hub (like in the sidebar from HP) and I am so glad I clicked it! You wrote such a beautiful poem and I am going to share it with my daughter. She is closest to me but she still adores her father and she is daddy's girl on their weekends (divorce). I think this Hub might help her realize she's not alone. Thank you SO much for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ardie, I'm so glad you came across this one and are sharing it with your daughter. That's so sweet. I also have one called, "I'm becoming my Mom - a Mother's Day Poem" if you want her to relate to one about her mother, but she may be too young, I don't know. I do think the daddy's little girl, one, might help her, because, I too, spent only weekends and holidays with my dad, but it doesn't make the relationship any less special. Thanks so much, Ardie, for seeing the value in the poem.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful. Your poem is filled with love for your father. He must be very special to you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vellus--Thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

A wonderful poem and all the accolades are so well deserved.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Perspycacious. That's such a nice compliment!


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Chris Neal 4 years ago from Fishers, IN

That really made me cry. When I was four my parents split, and it's something I've always struggled with. Now I'm a daddy to a nine-year old girl who is severely autistic, and I wonder what goes on in her head sometimes. I think it's hard enough for men to truly understand what girls feel and want, but it's even harder when you baby girl doesn't ever talk. But my wife tells me that she is very secure in the relationships with the men in her life (her nineteen-year-old brother, her ten-year-old brother and me,) so I hope that I'm doing right by her. I want her to feel like a daddy's girl.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, Chris, I didn't want to make anyone cry. I bet you are doing right by your little girl. My dad and I were never what I would say close, but there was a lot of love, and I always knew he loved me. I think we're closer now than what we ever were because there is a great appreciation, I think, between us. I'm sure your daughter feels that, even though it's hard to tell.Blessings to you, Chris!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Victoria Lynn,

That was so sweet and special. The relationship between father and daughter are indeed special. Thanks for sharing those little girl feelings, that still lives in most of us.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks Bobbi. Such sweet comments! Glad you enjoyed the poem.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh...vicki the more I read your hubs...I realize your are a wonderful person in and out. you were such a cutie as a kid and now a beautiful woman writing such enticing poems.

touched my heart!! beautiful indeed, awesome and many votes. shared it across


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vee... this is sweet and touching....gave me a lump in my throat. For all the changes and struggles you had to make it through....the end result is a beautiful and loving woman, whom I'm proud to know and share thoughts with.....Your Dad sounds like a very special man and I have no doubt he's proud of you and returns your love. Up +awesome


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Beautiful! This is so sweet:) great job Vicki!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ruchira--Your comment makes my day! I want to be as wonderful as you say! (hey, that rhymes!) Thank you so much for the beautiful comments and for sharing. You're a doll.


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

Victoria, that's a very moving poem. A good poem can stir up emotions and tender feelings without going over the top. You have done it here. The feelings are sincere and real, and I appreciate that. This particular subject is a fascination of mine, something I have explored and written about, and so I'm intimately familiar with the difficult road one must navigate in order to unravel and expose a very complex human problem. Well done!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Effer. You always say the right things. I'm enjoying getting to know you--so much! My dad is special,and I recognize that the older we get....


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, dear RealKelly! I always love seeing you on my hubs!


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noenhulk 4 years ago

Hey! It's the picture that caught me. Really cute little daddy's girl. NO wonder her daddy is really proud. Every father should be proud of their little angels. Thumbs up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ron Hawkster. I love your comments. So insightful and thoughtful. That means a lot!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG! that 3 year old is so damned precious!! I'm taking her home with me!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, shucks, noenhulk.... Thanks! That's sweet.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

LOL, effer! Yeah, she was cute, wasn't she? If only we could stay that way!!


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

Very sweet hub and tribute to your dad. Voting up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

TripleAMom--glad you like it! Thanks for reading and for the vote.


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teesprocessing 4 years ago

Beautiful, Just beautiful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, teesprocessing! Glad you liked it!


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komal93 4 years ago from The beautiful and wondorous land of India!!!!

amazing poem!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, komal93! I appreciate that!


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Simba73 4 years ago from UK

This is wonderful and means so much to me as I am fighting to bring my daughter back to live with me. Where she wants to be to feel safe.

But you have helped my worry about the love between the Father and Daughter and how it is forever.

Thank you

Jon


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Simba73--I am so glad that this poem inspired you! I wish the best for you and your daughter. As long as you love her, she will know it.


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gordomac 4 years ago from Bhubaneswar

good heart touching poem... "Nostalgic Daddy's Little Girl" right?


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, gordomac, VERY nostalgic!


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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

A very nice hub i am sorry that your parents had to divorce, but i am happy that you dad never deserted you. Take care

Thanks for sharing


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks Lady Fiddler. I appreciate your comments. :-)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I remember reading the "Mother" one, and this is equally as sweet. It's such a nice tribute to your father. Thanks for sharing this poem with us, as well as your memories.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kathryn--You're so sweet. Thanks for reading my mother and father poems. I appreciate you!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! You were so cute as a little girl, Victoria. This is an awesome tribute to your dad. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing;-)


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BNadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Such a sweet article and touching poem. I'm sure your dad appreciates this with all his heart. Thanks for sharing, voted up =)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Thelma! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

BNadyn--Thanks so much for your sweet comments. Much appreciated!


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Ronilo Blanca 3 years ago from Koronadal, South Cotabato

Very nice.. I like it. Two thumbs up Victoria


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ronilo Blanca--So glad you like the poem. Thank you!


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Pamela-anne 3 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Being a fellow daddy's girl I could relate very well to your own story of life with your dad. Loved the video too!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Pamela-anne! Glad you could relate.


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schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

I like this poem, it's cute and sweet and innocent, and I love the way it ends simply with Daddy's little girl,

Our lives are different—busy and full—

My own is in a whirl.

But at times I long to go back in time

To be Daddy’s little girl.

:)


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Hello Victoria ! , Dad and his girl , I know this one well ! What a baby picture , your soo cute ! If your dad is like me he feels a special bond when near you ! There is no other love like that !......Ed


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

schoolgirlforreal-I'm glad you like the poem. I kind of like the last lines, too. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ahorseback So good to hear from you since you are such a great poet! I read your stuff from time to time and love it! Thanks for the compliments!


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realtalk247 2 years ago

What a beautiful tribute to your father


Perspycacious 2 years ago

"talking walks" is an easy fix, and a change to "A high price we have paid." keeps the rythm but somehow seems smoother. I loved this one and I am not at all surprised you had the facility and feelings to write this.

Useful, Awesome, sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

realtalk247--Thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Perspycacious--good to see you! Do you still have an HP account? Thanks for pointing out the talking/taking. In all this time, I haven't noticed that. I hate having typos! And I'll consider the other line suggestion. I'm glad you loved the poem. Thanks so much!


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Wait - you had an emergency appendectomy? I had no idea! :P

My dad also was hard to get to know when I was younger: he was quiet and reserved and he had been in the military, so he just didn't share much. In my adult life, I realize he was (and still does) the best he can.

Beautiful poem. :)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--Yes, I had no idea what was wrong with me and had to have an appendectomy immediately. It was right before finals, so I studied during my 3 day stay in the hospital. Several years later, my younger brother had one, too, only his had gone further than mine. There were some complications, so he was in the hospital for a week! It was rough.

I've learned, the older I get, that parents mostly just do the best they can. Glad you liked the poem. :-)

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