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A Short Story - Forty Years Long

Updated on February 15, 2013
Christening - Sept 24th  1972
Christening - Sept 24th 1972
3 months
3 months
Holding Daddy's Hand - Easter 1973
Holding Daddy's Hand - Easter 1973
Father/Daughter Dance
Father/Daughter Dance

Not so long ago and in a place not so far away,

a wish became a dream and the dream became reality. Forty years ago (1972), in this hour (9:30),on this day (July 10th), lives were altered. Leading up to this event, plans and preparations were made for nine months. What a short time to prepare for this life altering event and yet it seemed to take forever. Anticipation was great! Yet, unbeknown to all, the magnitude was unfathomable and will continue to be so even forty years later. Oh, there were clues and ideas of how things would change but, it is never ever guaranteed or confirmed to be exactly as wanted, dreamed or warned. Sometimes, it is far more than dreamed.

Magnificent Obsession

For one, it was clear to all the others, this had become an obsession that was to be unending. First, a name had to be chosen, a task that did cause some disagreements with the other citizens. Well, there really was only one other that had great concerns about the choice he presented but, finally in his wisdom he had given in to a compromise to the she. He was given a choice from two, and then took the suggestion for a middle name and was allowed to credit himself for this first very important task. He was growing in passion and wisdom.

The preparation was never ending or so it seemed. Items needed to be bought, put together with the greatest of care, appointments kept and monitored so nothing unexpected happened, proclamations were sent to all who would have contact that the utmost care was to be taken to avoid any and all harmful situations.

This was his magnificent obsession, which may have been an annoyance to some, but was only whispered about throughout this not so far away place. All citizenry just carried on and smiled. And, then with preparation incomplete the lives of a husband and wife had become the life of a father and mother.

A life of parenthood full of privilege and responsibility had begun (and still ongoing of course a father’s magnificent obsession). This obsession became public when staying in the father’s waiting room was not going to happen, not when he had waited long enough to see his daughter. She was examined, measured, weighed and tagged all under the watchful eye of her father and the smiles of most of the staff. Maternity staff overlooked visiting hours because he broke all rules and when caught would just sneak back. He did have his charms, creativity, and passions.

Outings were carefully guarded and of course she was allowed only her own things. Outings were complicated but definitely well supervised. Let’s face it, it was like moving.

What a girl needs to know - from a father with love

There was so much responsibility ahead for this new father and no one knew better than he that time can be a thief. Dancing became first and foremost as she was rocked and swayed around room to room, songs needed to be learned (- there was his cadence song - She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Waltzing Matilda, the Air Force Song, My Eyes Have Seen The Glory, Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood - not your standard lullabies) and of course rhymes (Mighty Casey, Gunga Din, Fuzzy Wuzzy), and of course there was the standard learning to walk, talk, ride a bike, skate, drive - all these other ordinary tasks of parenthood he allowed contributions from other team members (the rest of the team being the mother, grandmother and grandfather). She did master the other standards (Here’s a Ball for Baby, Itsy Bitsy Spider,etc), learn the hardships of the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood and love the happy ever afters of Cinderella and Snow White. A well rounded upbringing.

And as the title suggests this so adored little bundle of anticipation survived all this unusual upbringing and adoration. She learned to adore her first prince charming and I would bet the castle she can still recite Mighty Casey and sing and swing (with a smile) Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Oh, of course it was a privilege to be (I think I was) the most normal side of this magnificence and enchantment.

Happy Birthday, Kelly Alyce,

With more to come,

all say YEAH.

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    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      JaneAtThornfield,

      Thank you again for stopping. I had great fun writing this.

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      Jesson 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      What a wonderful tribute to your daughter, and to the love her parents have for her. You are the kind of writer who makes me want to be a better writer.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Minnetonka Twin,

      Thank you for the follow and the comment. The experience of being parents was and is awesome (although there were and are moments of heartache but never regret). Only thing better is being a grandparent.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      What a beautiful story and tribute to your daughter. I hit many buttons on this touching story of becoming parents.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Bill,

      Thank you for finding the time to read and always, always encourage.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      YEAH! That was absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad this is the first hub I read today. Well done and thank you for bringing beauty into my life this morning.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      knighthawk, thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I don't know what I would do without my pictures, although my daugther doesn't remember ever seeing her hospital picture and thought I should've used a more attractive one. I like story telling and try to make them as fun as possible. Hope to get better. Again, I appreciate your comment. Have a nice day.

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      Michelle Marie ( Haag) Williams 

      7 years ago from The Hoosier State

      how beautiful, I loved the pictures and the way you told the story.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      J.Frank Dunkin,

      Thank you taking the time to read and then to leave an inspiring compliment. What great times we had with our children, he was certainly a loving husband, father, and friend. Had to check out your hubs and I can see what a loving father you are as well. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Joseph Franklin Dunkin Jr 

      7 years ago from Foley, Alabama

      ... and I said, "YEAH!" What a beautiful tribute to those times. As a father, I could identify so readily with your husband. Beautifully written, my dear.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      btrbell - Thank you for your gracious comment and vote. I love the song also(and mother works as well). When she misses her father I hope she sings this song along with the ones he shared with her.

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      sweethearts2 

      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      midget38 - I am always glad to hear the emotion of love is found in my writings about my family. I hope my children cherish the growing up memories as much as I do. Thank you for the vote up and taking the time to comment.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So very, very beautiful. I love the song choice at the end and must admit to changing the "father" to "mother" when her dad wasn't there to do it for her! Voted up and awesome!

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      I feel the love you have for your daughter in this piece, and am so glad that you both treasure each other. Time just steals from you...we have to cherish whatever moments we have! A beautiful story! Voted up!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a beautiful written hub with such love . I hope Kelly Alyce had a Happy Birthday and will have many more to come !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      KatrineDM 

      7 years ago

      The bond we have with our children cannot be compared to any other. It's an unconditional love that cannot fade or go away with time...

      No matter if they are 1 or 40, we love them all the same and always want the best for them.

      Congratulations on having such great daughter. Memories are precious, nothing and nobody can take them away from us.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR

      sweethearts2 

      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      neeleshkulkarni - capture each cherished moment is what Kelly's father, my husband did and handed them to us to hold in our memories and hearts. Thank you for your comment.

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      neeleshkulkarni 

      7 years ago from new delhi

      my congrats to you too for Kelly.

      i loved the phrase "time is a thief" that you used.

      How true, a thief that just steals your moments and flies away till only you can see what once was.our times are full of empty mantlepieces whose paintings life stole from us, but it is so good to think of what once was.THAT the thief cannot steal from us.

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