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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: Redhead for a daughter
By Dennis Fletcher


Being a parent these days can be hard, especially when youíre the Step-father to a fifteen, almost sixteen, year old girl with red hair and an attitude to match. Yes, itís hard, but not impossible and definitely worth every minute.

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 couldnít be bridled and her attitude couldnít 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 donít 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 Menís 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?

Sheís learning to drive now and sheís 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 doesnít 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 donít know him that well yet. Iím trying to change that. I am hoping that he is a young man of integrity and faith.

All in all, it hasnít been bad having a daughter; in fact, I would say it has been pretty good. Iíve made a lot of mistakes, some small and some terrible, but she seems to always forgive me. Iíve done my best to support her, her mom and her two brothers, though Iím certain she wishes it were more. Iíve 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 weíve done enough to prepare her for everything that will come with being an adult.

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Donna Powers 11/24/06
A heartfelt account from a loving dad. I definitely felt your love for your daughter and caught her unique personality. Very nicely done.
Leigh MacKelvey11/25/06
My son went to Liberty Univ. Great School! What a wondeful story about a father and daughter and enjoyable to read.You did a good job of relaying a father's love, hope and a bit of confusion in the raising a girl!
Joanne Sher 11/26/06
What an honest commentary on life as a dad. I enjoyed this.
dub W11/29/06
A wonderful parent statement.
Donna Haug11/29/06
I felt like I could hear you talking. I noticed a couple of grammar errors, but it was definately heartfelt. I hope you'll keep a copy of this to give to her at some relevant point in her life. She'll love it.
Betty Castleberry11/29/06
Good job of showing the insecurities of a dad taking on a ready made family. I like that the daughter does come around, and the dad does say he loves her.
Just one little nit picky thing. Your phrase, "but not for to long". Should read "but not for *too* long."
Al in all, a good read.
Sara Harricharan 11/29/06
"I thought one of us was going to die and the other was going to jail."
Loved that sentence! This was great to read. Good job!
Ruth Neilson11/29/06
its a good monologue of the struggles of fatherhood.
Dave O'Neil12/03/06
My oldest of four is a soon-to-be fifteen year old daughter. This article really hits home for me. An easy read and an open, heartfelt dose of reality. Thanks for sharing.
Dave O'Neil12/03/06
My oldest of four is a soon-to-be fifteen year old daughter. This article really hits home for me. An easy read and an open, heartfelt dose of reality. Thanks for sharing.