On Thursday I put on a new suit, tightened my neck tie, and slipped on my gold watch. I examined the long stem rose that I picked up at lunch.
I then proceed home to pick up my four year-old daughter. She would correct me and let you know that she’s 4 and 1/2.
Our daddy-daughter date included dinner at a hibachi restaurant. Walking out she said, “That was fun … after the fire part was over.” We then proceeded to her choice for dessert. She settled on the the ice cream kiosk next to Chic-Fil-A in the local mall. Classy. She had “crazy colors” in a cone. I went with butter pecan.
The few hours out with my daughter were tons of fun but they had a very specific purpose.
I told her …
“I love you.”
“You are smart, funny, creative and you will change the world someday.”
“I’m blessed to be your father.”
But I also told her …
“God loves you.”
“God created you as a smart, funny, and creative world changer.”
“I love you as your earthly father but you have a Heavenly Father that loves you even more.”
“There will be times that I don’t understand. God always understands.”
“There will be times I can’t be there. God will always be there.”
“I will fail you. God will never fail you.”
I asked if she understood. “Yeah, daddy,” she responded. Followed by, “Remember when you caught that shrimp in your mouth at the restaurant?”