Be Mine Forever: Dads and Their Daughters (PHOTOS)

A dad and his little girl.

I’m fine with Valentine’s Day being mostly about ‘romantic’ love and getting a box of Rite-Aid chocolates for your sweetheart and all, but truth be told, I sometimes wish there could be a whole separate Valentine’s kind-of-day aimed at celebrating another bond that’s pretty close to a lot of hearts out there.

I’m talking about the daddy/daughter one.

Four years ago, when my daughter Violet was born, I was tough to the world. Very little made me emotional in the sweet or tender sense, and even less were the number of my heart strings I allowed to  be plucked.

I was a man in his mid-30’s living his life the best that he knew how. I had friends, a job, a wife, all the stuff you are supposed to have, really.

But, oh what I was missing.

When my daughter was born, massive icebergs inside of me melted down in minutes. Cold walls that took decades to erect and fortify with hard living and pain and fortitude in the name of survival, they crumbled down as if they were made of Rice Krispy treat.

I watched my tiny daughter’s head popping out into this world and in so many ways, I was right there with her, being born once again.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my son just as much as I do my little girl. And that goes for any pop, I’m sure. Yet, I do believe there is a certain type of magic that exists between a father and his daughter; something gentle and unspoken and protective that goes between them which is different than any other sort of relationship that any fellow has ever had before.

So these days, when I see a dad carrying his new daughter around in a Bjorn in the supermarket, or when I spot a four year-old girl perched up on her daddy’s shoulders on a Saturday afternoon in the park, man, I just smile out loud, because I know how awesome and special that relationship is.

And I know exactly how much that perfect stranger’s life changed for the better the very moment that his daughter came along

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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