Have you heard? Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy. This old cliché is often trotted out at this time of year. But there is truth in this statement. Almost anyone can father a child, but when it comes to being a true dad it takes more than just contributing genetic material.
What makes a man a true daddy? It’s a ton of little everyday things. Little things like knowing his child’s likes and dislikes. Being able to take a frown and turn it into a smile by singing just the right words that are meant just for her. Knowing her favorite foods and her favorite movie star. It’s remembering her birthday with a special gift. All these little items and so many more make up a daddy. But it’s not all about the giving and the knowing.
No, it takes more. A daddy wants what’s best for his child. He teaches her to walk and to talk and to read. As time goes on he teaches her to manage her money and change a tire on her car. He offers advice and, when needed, constructive criticism. He knows when to push and when to back off. A daddy knows what makes his daughter tick.
Yes, it takes a lot to make a father into a daddy. When it happens it is a beautiful thing. A daddy is a part of a girl’s life no matter how old she gets.
Today is Father’s Day and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell the world or at least the handful of readers of this blog that my daddy is the best in the whole world. He has always been there for me and for the family. He has taught me great things through the lessons he spoke but more importantly through the way he has lived his life.
I love you Daddy! Happy Father’s Day!