To My Daughters’ First Love:
Over a year ago I was driving our daughter to school. It was during that time that she revealed to me that she had a crush. My heart stopped as I clenched the steering wheel and I attempted to keep from showing the inner terror that went through my body as I thought, I’m not ready for this. She’s seven. Seven. But the words that fell from her lips were some of the sweetest words I had ever heard. “His name is Chris. I have a crush on daddy.” She giggled and I smiled. It is my belief, that for many of us, should we be so fortunate to have one in our lives, a father is the first man who we will ever love.
From the moment you showed her that it was safe to love you and trust you, you’ve had her heart. You filled the void in her life and mine opening your heart to the two of us and promising to love us for as long as you lived. As Father’s Day draws near I find myself wanting to show my appreciation for you and what better way than through a public display of affection. You see, you are the first man our daughters ever loved. You are the keeper and protector of their hearts and will be until they meet someone who is worthy of taking over on your behalf.
So, in celebration of Father’s Day, here are 12 reasons I am thankful that you are our daughters’ first love:
These are just 12 of the reasons why I am thankful that you are their first love. I am thankful that you were handpicked by God to be the father of my children. I thank you not just for being their safe place but for being mine. I am grateful that my children get to go through life knowing what it feels like to be lifted into the sky as their daddy makes them fly (even if it makes me freak out a little) and hear bedtime stories to the sound of a voice deeper than my own. I am thankful that they have had a chance to see the world from atop the shoulders of the man who loves them more than anything in this world.
Thank you for showing me what an honest and true love should look and feel like, for not giving up on me or us and for loving our daughters with all you’ve got. Thank you for being the kind of father who has proven himself worthy of their hearts and all the love they have to give, and for even rescuing us from spiders. I love you and because of you I see Father’s Day as a beautiful day to pay tribute to the amazing men that walk the planet and in particular the amazing man who walked into my life and subsequently my child’s seven years ago.
Happy Father’s Day!
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