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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: Purple T-Shirt with Green Polka Dots


“Oh Dad, you are so stupid“. She says with love and laughter in her large brown eyes, that are temporarily rolling around in their eye sockets.

It is hard being a dad to a teenager, especially when that teenager is a girl.

Things become awkward. The dad that once took his little princess to the park, suddenly becomes a total embarrassment. Kind of like he is wearing a purple t-shirt with green polka dots, short 80’s-style gym shorts (in maroon, of course), block socks, with a sign on his back that says, “I am Sara’s dad”.

Oh, the humiliation.

Hormones change things. When girls start to notice boys, the male figure, that helped to create them, suddenly becomes low on the priority list. Matter of fact, he becomes someone who could just fall of the face of the earth and she would be better off.

No hurt feelings, intended of course. I do believe this is why the father of the bride has such an imperative spot at weddings, he gets to walk his daughter down the aisle and share in her limelight. It is pay-back’s revenge for all those years she tried to avoid being seen in public with him.

Seriously, there is no greater love than what is shared between fathers and daughters. I know it is not always that way. I grieve for those little girls that had no one to call them “princess“. But, thank God, that is the way it is in our household. There is one princess and one “oh Dad” and it makes for a beautiful equation. Yes, despite the occasional bouts of embarrassment when she proclaims, “Mom, can’t you do something with him?”

You should see my husband try to mimic/mock my daughter as she practices cheer jumps or the dance that they do to the school song. The more disgusted she gets, the more goofy he acts. She has learned that dad is quirky and it does not pay to get mad at him. Funny thing is, the more she matures, the more of her dad I see in her. Loyal, loving, determined, highly motivated (as a former Marine, this characteristic is truly genetic in nature) and a quick wit.

Allowing her to practice driving on our gravel road; wearing a ‘cheer dad’ sweatshirt to the home games; going on her school trip to an amusement park and riding all the scary rides with her; telling her how beautiful she is when getting ready for a formal dance; embracing her with a hug that lets her know nothing can harm her; threatening, with bodily harm, the boys that come near the premises…..sometimes, there are some things that only fathers can do.

I mentioned a ‘thank God‘, above, and I don’t say that with a casualness, I say it with all sincerity, that my daughter and my husband share a relationship that is God-inspired. It is the result of calloused knees, from time spent in prayer. It doesn’t come naturally, it comes prayerfully.

To God be the Glory, the best Father of ALL.

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Carol Shaffron06/14/05
Your talent for telling a real life story about the relationship between father and daughter is evident here. Thank your for blessing us with your glimpse into a blessed family.
pam bryan06/14/05
Anyone with a teenage daughter can relate to this! She'll one day understand and appreciate the prayers. Thanks for begin vulnerable.
Shari Armstrong 06/14/05
A very wonderful piece - I can see that between my husband and daughter some day -as he's very goofy :)
Joyce Simoneaux06/14/05
I think it is so wonderful when fathers and daughters have a special and close relationship. You are blessed.
Lynda Lee Schab 06/18/05
This was a great "fathers" entry. A touch of humor with a great message. Just one thing - at the beginning, when you said, "It's hard being a dad to a teenager," I got the impression it was being written by a father. Then, when you said, "you should see my husband," I was confused. I had to go back and re-read. But it might be just me. I did enjoy this one very much!
Blessings, Lynda
Sandra Petersen 06/18/05
I loved the title, and the link to paragraph 3. Moms also go through this with their daughters. Paragraph 5 made me think the word "Ouch!" Paragraph 6: The father's giving of the bride, his daughter, is one of the tenderest moments. (Think the song 'Butterfly Kisses'.) Paragraph 7 just a note. Our pastor calls our youngest daughter (now 8) "Princess". No other child in the congregation except his own adult daughters receive that title. I have had to field the complaints from my 14 yo daughter about Dad being impossible. Love the line in #10 about the relationship that comes prayerfully. I agree with Lynda about confusion over your gender at the beginning of the story. Perhaps saying "Just an observation from a mother" and then tell what you have noticed about teen girls and their dads. Also watch your use of commas.
Michelle Burkhardt06/19/05
I liked your humor. How blessed your daughter is.