Confessions From A Daddy's Girl

Confessions From A Daddy's Girl

No matter how old I am, I will always be his little girl.

special bond has always existed between a father and his daughter. Many say that the bond begins the moment a father lays his eyes upon his daughter and only continues to grow as time goes on. A father starts out in his daughter's life by being her hero and first love. He later becomes her best friend and man for which she will compare all other men to while still keeping him as the number one man in her life. There is more to the father-daughter relationship than meets the eye; therefore, here is a list of things that all Daddy's girls know to be true.

1. His advice is always the best.

It doesn't matter what trouble life has thrown one's way, Dad will always be there not only with a shoulder to lean on but also wise words of wisdom to share. The more he advises you, the stronger and more capable you become.

2. You have many similarities.

There are many things that you have in common from liking the same sports teams to liking the same food and eating it the same way. Or, most importantly, in my dad and my case, loving International Harvester tractors more than what might be considered "normal." In fact, a Daddy's girl has so much in common with him that people will often say, "You are just like your Dad." That will always be a compliment in the mind of a Daddy's girl.

3. He taught you a lot about life.

Dad has taught you many life-lessons, so many that you actually take them for granted after awhile. He has taught you the importance of hard work, the importance of doing something that you love, the important of taking the time to appreciate the little things, and the importance of taking time to laugh because laughter is the best medicine. For me specifically, the lesson that my dad taught me occurred during the hours I sat on the buddy seat of the combine while he harvested the crops each fall. The most important lesson I've ever learned while sitting in the passenger seat listening to the corn leaves rustle through the combine head is the importance of family tradition. As the third and fourth generation on our family farm, agriculture is literally in our roots. He taught me that agriculture is more than just a career, it is a way of life. Even though farming isn't any easy way of life, it is a life we love and wouldn't want to live any other way.

4. You share the same sense of humor.

Sometimes the things you and your dad find funny are not actually funny to anyone else but the two of you. It seems strange that no one else is laughing as hard as the two of you, but it is simply because of the many similarities you share. (Yes, in this picture we had just been laughing about something we had seen on the road while taking a load of grain into the mill).

5. You have many inside jokes.

Many of the inside jokes stem from having a similar sense of humor and simply being together to see the same thing. However, it only takes that special look that you give one another to know that you are thinking the same thing which always ends up in laughing hysterically while those around you watch in complete confusion.

6. He is your "Mr. Fix-It."

From bruises and broken hearts to car trouble and broken appliances, Dad has just the right tools to fix anything and everything. And while he fixes whatever it is that is broken, Dad always takes the time to make it a learning experience. He instills in his daughter the skills needed to fix the problem on her own next time whether it be changing a flat tire or the oil in the truck and how to jump the car when the battery is dead. Everything he fixes for her turns out being a learning experience that deepens the bond shared between a father and his daughter.

7. He is the main character in many childhood memories.

When a Daddy's girl reminisces on her childhood, many of the memories revolve around the times spent with Dad. It is a well-known fact that no one attended a tea party as well as Dad, could dress up as a princess as well as Dad, or could milk a cow quite as well as Dad.

8. You have a difficult time saying goodbye to him.

When it is time to go back to school, it is always hard when you have parents that are hard to say bye to. However, it is even harder when your Dad stands there trying to act like a manly man telling you to "Be good." He will never admit it, but each time you leave, it never gets any easier. That's why it is never good-bye but rather until next time.

9. Dad loves every present he receives.

Whether it be the cliché "#1 Dad" coffee mugs he received when you were a child or the "D.A.D.D" (Dad Against Daughter Dating) t-shirt, he wears it proudly.

10. He was your first love.

Your dad was the man you first loved and vowed to marry one day. You have continued to love him because he loved you when you were the awkward teenager and even told you that you were beautiful. They have continued to love you even now when you are taking your first steps into the adult world. Even though you have made mistakes in the past and will continue to as you grow up, your Dad will always be there to lean on, love you unconditionally, and never let you down.

11. You value his opinion above all else.

Whether it be in regard to how an outfit looks on you, how your hair looks, or even thoughts on a potential guy, your dad's opinion is always worth its weight in gold.

12. He is the one you base your opinion of all other men on.

Because he was your first love, a Daddy's girl will always search for a man that reminds her of her father and, honestly, doesn't want to settle for anyone who isn't like him. Furthermore, Dad will let his opinion be known because he knows his daughter and ultimately wants to see her find happiness. So, if Daddy isn't happy then it's pretty safe to say that the budding romance is now dead.

13. He will always be there when you need him.

When in need, it's always Dad to the rescue. It doesn't matter what time it is or if he has a million other things going on, he will always take the time to help his little girl. Dad is someone special, he has never let you down and has loved you unconditionally. He is the real hero.

A Daddy's girl is a special kind of girl because she knows what it is to have been loved unconditionally, to have been cared for and to have been the apple of someone's eye. She has learned from her father the type of man she wants to one day find and hopes that he will resemble her dad in some shape and form. But it is crucial to know that no matter what man comes into a Daddy's girls life, her father will always be her number one because he loved her first, he held her first, and a place in his heart will always be hers. I am proud to be my Daddy's little girl and couldn't imagine how differently my life would've turned out without his guidance and never-ending love in my life. I love you Dad.

Cover Image Credit: Lisa V. Photography

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why I Appreciate My Parents So Much

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One thing I've noticed, the older I've gotten, is how much I appreciate my parents.

We've become so close, it's almost funny to think at one point I looked at them so much differently. When I was younger, my parents were much more strict than they are now. They disciplined differently and didn't let me do certain things. The older I've gotten, the more freedom I've gotten, which is one big sigh of relief.

My parents are such great people. Throughout my whole life, I've always had friends of parents or people who know my parents tell me how great they both are. I'm so blessed to have been raised by them and to have gotten their characteristics.

My mom is so loving and generous, and she thinks of literally everyone else in her life before herself. She's smart and funny, and she is always there when I need someone to talk to. She's taught me how to be courteous, kind, funny (with her sense of humor), and most importantly, accepting towards others.

The older I get, the more I realize how similar I am to her. She's my favorite woman in the whole world. We understand each other.

My dad is a thoughtful, hilarious, wise, and helpful guy who has taught me so many lessons throughout the years. He always makes sure my finances are in order, even more than I do. He keeps me laughing with his funny stories and made-up songs that he sings. He always asks me how my day was every time I walk through the door. He is so adorable and thoughtful, and I'm so happy I got his wit and humor.

His smile lights up a room and I'm so happy I've been hearing his laugh and will continue to for the rest of my life.

Another great thing about my parents is that they've taught me what love looks like. They're so loving, kind, and patient towards each other. I've rarely ever seen them fight in my life. They still treat one another how they did when they first started dating. I have friends and know people whose parents aren't together, and I'm so lucky to say I can't imagine what that's like.

My parents complete each other; they are soulmates. I'm so lucky and appreciative that I get to have the honor of watching their love play out throughout their lives.

I'm so happy and thankful that these are the parents I ended up with. They're the best. I hope to be half of my parents when I become a parent myself.

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