A Dad of many names. For all the Dad's of girls, listen up. This is how you make your baby girl become a woman of CONVICTION. YOU let her know she MEANS something. YOU let her know she is IMPORTANT. YOU let her know someone, daddy-papa-pappy-fred (my brothers name for him), has her back by SHOWING up. YOU teach her about BOUNDARIES. YOU let her know your EXPECTATIONS and then follow through with them.
My dad's uncle gave me my knick-name, Sam. I came out of the womb looking like I was in a boxing match with swollen, black eyes, and my nose pushed over to left side of my face. Definitely not looking all pink and petite like every girl is expected. I fought my way out baby and had the bruises to prove it! There was nothing feminine about me. Sam, is what I answered to from my dad.
I love this poem he found. It is a heartfelt poem from a parent. I adore his funny imagery translation of the letter. I would like to share what a grateful daughter I am. To have had a dad that was so thoughtful, loving, and strong. I wanted to let you all know what a GREAT FATHER I have.
My dad was very well noted around the neighborhood for being the ONE parent that stayed up when you came in on a Friday or Saturday night. There was no slipping in the house without a good "talk" about your night. It was one of his way's of showing up. Letting his three kids know, I will be here to say goodnight to you and also keep you honest, insert Major Payne voice hee, hee.
When I was a teenager, my dad would write my, "To do lists," like this to make them fun and to get a better result from me ACTUALLY doing what I was told. The time and energy he spent trying to perk me up, make me laugh, and forget about what was ahead of me in the chore department was his little joke. And I was happy to be part of the humor. Here is the poem translated in his funny, unique word imagery.
His memory stays with me everyday...his words and actions give me strength behind what I stand for and believe to be right. And I have ALWAYS KNOWN that, with him, I am loved UNCONDITIONALLY.