9.25.2008

Fathers and Daughters



"There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. ~John Gregory Brown

There is something very special about the relationship between a little girl [and a not-so-little girl] and her daddy. I have been blessed with a lovely relationship with my own dad: he's the one I would run to as a child, and even as an adult, for any reason at all. One of my most comforting memories is of climbing up into his lap, burying my face in his shoulder [which generally was clothed in a fresh, clean, white shirt] and crying out my frustrations. He was always willing to be covered with tears, and in my later years, mascara as well. That's something I still like to do -- climb up into his lap and snuggle with him. I have always felt peaceful, safe and loved there.

It's been wonderful to watch my own daughter with her dad. She still [at age 30] calls him 'Daddy' and there is a deep and precious line of love that runs between them. It's been fun to watch their relationship settle into a cherished friendship.

And now, what a gift to watch Miss Maya with her own daddy. They adore each other, and I see much of my own relationship with my dad as I observe the love she and Chris share.

It's wonderful to see boys and dads too, but there is just something tender and sweet in the love of a girl and her daddy.

16 comments:

100 Percent Cottam said...

sweet post, mama! i am a daddy's girl, for sure! :)

Ashley said...

such a sweet post. great pics.

Melissa said...

Awww, such a sweet post. Darling pictures!

Home Sweet Home with the Englehart's... said...

I love your deeep sentiments you share...always full of thought! I see that sweet love in my daughters lives and I am ever so grateful they have that love!

jenjamin said...

That is so true. It is almost tangible... so sweet! My Dad died the day before my junior year in high school began and I miss him terribly. He would have loved my Daidy Dooey!

Rebecca said...

Aw.. I get to see a lot of father daughter love here at this house and it's priceless.

Michelle said...

I am much older than your daughter ad I still call my daddy, daddy. Why not?

Natalie Scott said...

Couldn't agree with you more, Jan. I call my dad the "other man" in my life, because he's one of the two men I love more than anything else in this world. It's such an important relationship for all girls for sure.

Jane said...

I LOVE this post! You are right on the money. I feel like I have the greatest dad in the whole world and I can see that relationship developing between Ry and Sydney. We are so lucky to have such wonderful men in our lives!!

MiaKatia said...

I love my daddy too! That was such a sweet post.

Stina said...

I love that post. I agree whole-heartedly...there really is something special about watching little girls and their Daddy's.
The girls have Chris wrapped around their little fingers. He is SO sweet and gentle and loving. We are blessed and they just love him to pieces.

Hacking it up said...

Such cute pictures!! I'm a daddy's girl too!

Tiburon said...

That is so sweet!

Chapman Family said...

Well here you are! What a great blog. :) Now we are facebook friends AND blogging friends. Hope you guys are well. I miss the Primary Programs. I was in the Stake and got to go to all of them and just enjoy them instead of twitching and being in charge of them. :) Good luck!

hoLLy said...

what a beautiful post jan! i agree-there is such a special bond between daddys and daughters. i'm so grateful my three girls have the gift of an amazing daddy. he is the best.

Cammie said...

So true so so true!