Picture courtesy of Alina M. Photography
I am a self-proclaimed Daddy’s Girl…and proud of it. My dad has taught and continues to teach me so much about life and love. He isn’t alone though…my beautiful mom has contributed equally to my life lessons, just in a more delicate, lady-like fashion.
So Sunday we celebrate all the dads, all the moms who play dad roles, and of course, how can we leave out the grandads, present and smiling down from above, uncles, brothers, etc.
I also dedicate this post to the future daddy of my babies and Molly Marie’s hero, my amazing hubby.
But in particular, this post goes out to my first hero, my first prince, my dad.
1. The first time I ever stole something (a Mickey Mouse eraser from a local Cuban mercado/supermarket) my dad not only caught me…he drove me back to the store, marched my criminal-sobbing butt into the store and fess up to my unlawful offense. I learned much about that incident…1. Mickey just isn’t worth a stint in Disney Jail 2. I may get away with somethings in life, but certainly not things that go against who I am and my moral upbringing.
2. My Life: My Choices: My Consequences– My dad taught me no matter what happens in the world around me, I am still responsible for my actions and choices. If I make a poor choice, I can’t blame anyone but myself…So True!
3. In his best moments and his more undesirable occasions, he taught me I always need to give excellence and expect to receive it as well. He made me the girl who didn’t settle for a worm, rather believe with all my heart that my prince would come in and sweep me off my feet and play the perfect leading-man role.
He was also the amazing daddy and friend who two weeks into dating my future husband, sobbed when I told him I had met my soulmate and then dished out a crap-load of money (which came with an over-abundance of hard work and sacrifice) to give my love and me the perfect wedding.
4. Always being the struggling student, sometimes I thought I would never pass my 3rd grade spelling test, but he knew I would. Years later, when I needed to be tutored to get the appropriate score to be accepted into grad school, he and my mom paid for a tutor, never batting an eye that I was 24 years old and could/should very well be responsible for that financial burden. They never doubted I would graduate with a Masters. Both my parents always knew I had it in me…even when I didn’t.
5. Summarizing all I have learned from my dad is way too hard. But, above all, my dad has taught me to be the best me I can be…He is always learning, always trying to be better, and always reading…Each of these great lessons have been passed on to me and for that I will be forever thankful.
As the saying goes though, ‘behind every great man is an equally great woman’. So I know my mom had all to do with shaping my dad into the exemplerary father he is. Woman can do a lot, but the heart of gold my dad has comes straight from him…That love and compassion isn’t taught- it is a gifted to you by the good Lord and my dad has certainly worked magic with this little girl.
Blissful Living my Friends,
Daddy’s Blissful Little Girl
P.S. A shout out filled with love and appreciation for Mama Kats and her Writing Prompt challenge!!