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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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Daddy's Girl
I am a daddy's girl. But I wasn't always. I was born into a home by a man that didn't know how to be a dad. I have since made amends with my father and I love him dearly. But my dad? Who is he? My mom had been a single mom and met my (step) dad when I was 7. I have adored this man from the beginning. He took on a role that didn't belong to him. He stepped in and became my daddy. He has taught me more about life than anyone. From changing the brakes in my car to making the perfect spaghetti sauce. He has been my shoulder to cry on and a listening ear. He is always there for me. Always. He has never judged me for my many, many messes I have got myself into. In fact, he helped me out of them. He has been there when I call him up at 7:00 a.m. because my car won't start and I need a ride to work. (And while I am at work he fixes my car.) He has been there late at night when I call him because I am crying and need someone to listen.
He took on a job that was not his own. He has never once made a statement declaring me any less than a flesh and blood daughter. He became a daddy to a little girl that so desperately needed one.
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Anonymous susan said...

What good fortune that your paths crossed. Have you heard that Brad Paisley song He didnt have to be?

Brad Paisley Lyrics
He Didn't Have To Be
When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
It always winds up being more like a job interview
My momma just to wonder if she'd ever meet someone
Who wouldn't find out about me and then turn around and run

I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old
He took my mom out to the movie, and for once I got to go
A few months later I remember lying there in bed
I over heard him pop the question
And I prayed that she'd say yes

And then all of a sudden, oh it seemed so strange to me
How we went from somthings missing to a family
Looking back all I can say about all the things he did for me
Is that I hope I'm at least half the dad he didn't have to be

I met the girl that's now my wife about three years ago
We had the perfect marriage, but we wanted something more
Now here I stand surrounded by our family and friends
Crowded around the nursery window as they bring the baby in

And now all of a sudden, oh it seems so strange to me
How we'd gone from somthings missing to a family
Looking through the glass
I think about the man that's standing next to me
And I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be

And looking back all I can say about all the things he did for me
Is I hope I'm at least half the dad he didn't have to be

Yeah, I hope I'm at least half the dad he didn't have to be

Because he didn't have to be

You know he didn't have to be

If you havent heard it, its worth listening too, your dad would like it too!

12:51 a.m.  
Blogger Catherine said...

What a great post Barbara, you are so lucky to have had such a wonderful father in your life! Also, that is one great picture!

5:11 a.m.  
Blogger Bella said...

I love this post, Barbara. Absolutely love it. It touches me because my bf is taking on a job that is not his either and he is doing a damn good job too. I give lots of praise to those step-fathers out there who are giving so much love to their step-children. It doesn't matter if your felsh and blood or not; that's not what makes a parent. It's the love - quality and quantity. :)

10:29 a.m.  
Anonymous Margaret said...

That's wonderful about your stepdad. He sounds really cool. Hey, I had that haircut, too, when I was little!

11:28 a.m.  
Blogger Richard said...

You are very blessed. Most stories we hear of step-dad's (and mom's) aren't quite so nice (think of all the fairy tales you know - it's always about a poor widowed mother, or the evil step-mother).

I am glad he was there for you.

12:51 p.m.  
Blogger Sleeping Mommy said...

You are a very lucky woman.

I miss my daddy.

4:32 p.m.  
Blogger Ms. Q said...

Barbara, that is lovely! Thank you for sharing such beautiful feelings.

4:51 p.m.  
Blogger ldjay said...

Barbara ... that is so very awesome. My step dad was the same way with us. It was really sad for him too. His own kids didn't want anything to do with him. We lost him to a car wreck in 1989. He was in our life for such a very short time, but we still talk about him sometimes so he is still with us.

On another note ... I will let you know how Sir Elton did.

5:47 p.m.  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad..(or step-Dad...but it sounds like you think of him as your true 'Dad', and I certainly can understand that.)
Oh, if only...if only...Some day I will post about my father..I've written a lot about him but not on my blog, yet!

To have had such a loving man come into your life at just the right moment...all thanks to your Mom! A very wonderful thing, indeed.

7:58 p.m.  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It's OldIkdLady again..forget to say that I have become an OldOldLady and her cat, and very very content with it! (most of the

8:28 p.m.  
Blogger wanda said...

Oh what a wonderful world it would be
if there were more men like your Daddy!

9:18 p.m.  
Blogger Barbara said...

My step dad is the same way. He's incredible. My biological father and I have a great relationship, but my dad is still my hero.

2:52 a.m.  
Blogger deni said...

Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy. You found that special person in him.

4:01 p.m.  
Blogger thequeen said...

What an amazing man, he is lucky to have you as his daughter as you are to be his daughter. What a wonderful expression of thanks and love Barbara. I hope you write this out and send it to him.He will cherish it forever just as he does you.

5:00 p.m.  
Blogger J.J. said...

Barbara, that's such a great tribute to your day. You're so very lucky to have him.
I miss my Dad.

5:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Lujza said...

What a wonderful post! And how absolutely perfect of your stepdad!

10:53 p.m.  
Blogger lamberrymer said...

that was so beautiful.

6:23 p.m.  

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