Nobody wants to see their daughters get out of the little girl stage. They are cute, lead uncomplicated lives, and they adore their daddy. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop it from happening. They get older, start getting other interests, and they eventually start liking boys. An anonymous author once said:
“Daughters are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty, and sometimes attract pests.”
I have had those “pests” hang around, and it was tough to let go when my girls told be to quit scaring them away.
They marry, leave the house, and start having babies of their own. It was tough for me when my daughters’ mom and I divorced. I was not able to be around them on a day to day basis. I missed some of the growing up that they do, especially the little things.
I am grateful that my youngest daughter Jessica, who was only 4 at the time of my divorce did not let that affect our relationship. She has always wanted to be a daddy’s girl and wanted approval from her old man for the things she did. (Special note: Erica, my oldest daughter and I have our own special relationship and this is not a comment on the status of that relationship.)
Jessica turns 28 today. She has turned into a beautiful young lady, a wonderful kindergarten teacher and a fantastic mom. It is hard to be a divorced single mom, but she handles it with a lot of class, patience, and sometimes with tears, but she handles it well. Although Round Rock is only 81 miles away, I do not get to see her and my granddaughter Chloe as much as I would like. I miss them. I miss not being able to be there and hug her and console her when the single mom routine gets her down.