She’s two. This won’t last long. There is so much that she needs to know- that my daughter needs to hear – so much that I need to tell her. She’s two, but soon she will be grown. I’ve watched it happen with her brothers (her oldest brother will be 9 this summer and I can’t believe how quickly it passed).
Soon she will be 8, 9, 10… and then grown. I hope to spend time with her, just talking to her. Fishing, walking, talking about cars and ballerinas… but mostly, I hope to teach her these lessons… these 10 things.
– I will always tell you that “I love you,” “you are beautiful,” and “you are perfect the way God made you.” Don’t let anyone ever tell you different or make you think different.
– A gentleman should always come to the door to pick you up for a date. He should expect to talk to your parents before you go out, to make sure we approve. If he sits outside in his car and blows the horn, I will have a talk with him. There is also a pretty good chance that if he does that, you will not be going out with him until he learns otherwise.
– A gentleman should always walk you to your door after a date.
– I will want to go out and look for you if you are not home by your set curfew (now I sound old). So I suggest that you are home 10 minutes early, so I do not have to worry.
– A real gentleman will be nice to you and respect you. I will teach you how to be strong, but to be forgiving and how to forgive. If he is not respectful, remind him that you have 3 older brothers that love you so much and do not like it when you cry.
– I want you to know that it is ok to cry. Just not as much as your mom did when she was little (or so I hear).
– I will teach you about cars, sports, tools, and everything else that I do with your brothers. I want you to know that girls can do anything boys can do!
– You will break my heart at some point, but it is ok! I am strong and I can handle it. I promise that I will always be in your corner.
– I will treat your mother with love and respect. I will let you and your brothers know that she is my best friend, because you will be watching me and you will learn (from me) how your husband should treat you.
– I will cry at your wedding (100% you can count on it)… but I will be ok! Just remember that no one in this world can love a little girl more than her father!
I love you Allie B.
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