Sunday, September 10, 2006

Daddy's Girl

Look at the two of you dancing that way
Lost in the moment and each others face
So much in love your alone in this place
Like there's nobody else in the world
I was enough for her not long ago
I was her number one
She told me so
And she still means the world to me
Just so you know
So be careful when you hold my girl
Time changes everything
Life must go on
And I'm not gonna stand in your way

How could that beautiful women with you
Be the same freckle face kid that I knew
The one that I read all those fairy tales to
And tucked into bed all those nights
And I knew the first time I saw you with her
It was only a matter of time

But I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she'd find you someday
But its still hard to give her away
I loved her first

The first time I heard this song I cried. I was driving home from dinner with my folks at Belle Grove to an empty love nest cuz the Puppa Bear was still at work and I just all out bawled. It's funny. Classic movies and "Butterfly Kisses" tell the story of the sentimental and strong feelings and emotions associated with the father and daughter saying good-bye on her wedding day. I didn't experience that. I was impressed by how "together" my dad was and how just simply excited and happy I was. (Not that I didn't expect to be!) Since the wedding it's as if I've just realized I love my daddy more than I ever realized I did. (And that's not to say that I didn't prevoiusly love him or something. My dad was/and is THE best!)

His care has been expressed for Andree and I in new ways and we are continually blessed by the little things he does for us. For example, random phone calls to tell me a soccer game is on TV and be sure I check it out or ones for Andree to tell him the current status of a Nationals game since until yesterday we couldn't watch them on our TV. (Hooray MASN's alive and all is well now!) He still saves us little articles from the Post or Gazette about things that might interest us or made him think of us. He is constantly thinking of us and letting us know that he is. He is investing in our marriage as much as he invested in our courtship and engagement even if it looks different now.

I think one of the things that has blessed me the most over the last few weeks since I've gotten wedding pictures back is seeing my dad's smile in the pictures. My dad is as happy giving me away as he is playing with me as a baby. His joy and the amount in which he is so evidently rejoicing with and in Andree and I means so much that words can't express!

I love you Dad! Thank you for loving me so faithfully for always. I am so grateful that God choose me to be your little half pint... and so grateful for how you have welcomed and loved my pint and a half. :-) We are so blessed to be a part of your family and to benefit from your godly example, your sincere and loving counsel, and your wisdom. We're looking forward to all that we will continue to learn and benefit from you and Mamma Price as we walk through marriage and someday raising children. The Klessmases love you!!


Erin Toops said...

Ok, so you made me cry at work. :)

Laura said...

Aren't daddies great! Thanks for posting this, so sweet ;)