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Topic: Parent (11/16/06)
TITLE: Redhead for a daughter
By Dennis Fletcher
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Her mother and her came into my life and swept me off of my feet. She was so like her mother, yet so different. She was wonderful to be around, always so full of energy. It seemed everything was a new adventure for her. We seemed to take her everywhere as we dated.
After we got married, my relationship with my daughter went south for a while. It seemed my anger couldn’t be bridled and her attitude couldn’t get better. Then she became a teenager. I thought one of us was going to die and the other was going to jail.
Now, we seem to get along rather well. We don’t get to see each other that often anymore, though. She has her dance team practice after school and then there is the youth group. She is on the praise team and the production team, as well as the praise team for the church. She really does a lot. She also has a job at the local Subway, so that takes time. Also, I work two jobs and facilitate a Men’s Bible study. We get to see each other at Youth Group, but not for to long. What daughter wants to hang around her dad when her friends are around?
She’s learning to drive now and she’s looking into going to college. She just went down to Liberty University to check it out and spend the weekend. She really wants to perform on Broadway, but if that doesn’t work out, she wants to be a teacher; preferably a Choral Director. I think she would do very well at both. I try to be encouraging, I just hope it works.
She has her eyes on a boy who has just joined the Army. I hope she keeps her focus on God and on her schoolwork. He seems to be a nice boy, but I really don’t know him that well yet. I’m trying to change that. I am hoping that he is a young man of integrity and faith.
All in all, it hasn’t been bad having a daughter; in fact, I would say it has been pretty good. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, some small and some terrible, but she seems to always forgive me. I’ve done my best to support her, her mom and her two brothers, though I’m certain she wishes it were more. I’ve tried not to miss anything important, but I wish I could be there more. Looking back, I realize that I have missed some things; I just hope that when she gets older she can look back and say I was there enough to show her I love her.
Her mother and I have tried to bring her up in the ways of the Lord. We strive to make our own lives an example and we have high expectations of our children. We want nothing but the best for all of our children when they grow up. We are trying to get ready for our daughter, as she is growing up fast. I pray that we’ve done enough to prepare her for everything that will come with being an adult.
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