Father and daughter. A bond I haven’t always understood but yet one I always let get to me. A relationship that didn’t always make sense to me until recently. I watched Kait and Shane play in the floor tonight before her “sleepytime”. They were cutting up, playing with a little pinch bowl as “hats” on each other. She would giggle at every little thing Shane did. He could do no wrong in her eyes. In a flash of a second, I actually saw me and my dad. In that one moment, it’s as if I was my mother watching her first born and her husband. It’s a relationship that is quite different than mother and daughter. Both have their meanings – just different meanings.
I’m not really sure I can explain what’s in my heart right now. I’m overflowing with love for you and reminiscing about memories I have with you. As I watched Kait tonight, I can remember you doing that with me. I flashed back 29 years and think about the monkey I had from you. I remember standing at your floor tom “drumming”. Man, I thought I was hot stuff! haha I remember Ashley and I’s “date” with you to see a movie (and we were already over the moon because it was WAY past our bedtime) and then you said ‘Let’s stop at Steak and Shake for milkshakes’!” I remember Ashley and I having the time of our lives that night. That was a big deal to be out past our bedtime! I say all of that to say this… there are things you have done throughout my life that have made a difference. You may think all the things you did with your “dad hat” on has gone unnoticed – but it hasn’t. I love you with every beat of my heart. The one thing I remember most about you is that you were selfless. You always worked hard and sacrificed for me to have things. I’m sorry if I haven’t told you these things often enough, but I’m shouting it out publicly that I have the #1 Best Dad in the world. No one can compare with you and no one can ever take your place. So, if I don’t say it often enough, thank you. For everything. And I love you.
Love your daughter, Brittany