My daughter Emilie and I attended the Father-Daughter Banquet at Redding Christian School. The Jr. High girls and their dads dressed up for the occasion. I even had to wear a tie! The night was fun and meaningful. We played games, had BBQ tri-tip, and chatted. Yes, all of us dads felt heavy with the profound moment of our daughters becoming women in this rite of passage. Part of the night was even included a mock date applications for the dads.
The highlight of the evening was the time us dads gave a blessing to our daughters in front of other dads and daughters. One cannot underestimate the power of the words of a father. We were instructed to choose from a list of things to say to our daughter. I chose to talk about what my daughter’s name meant. Of course, part of the blessing includes talking about the future. Affirming my Emilie as a growing young woman hits me pretty hard folks. I love my girl, but to think of this beautiful young lady being given away someday to another man…ouch.
I am proud of my daughter. By the way, she really can sing. I am certain to see her broadcast on TV someday and singing her heart out. Thank you God for such a wonderful daughter!