Hey people. I have to say, I know a couple people who have really horrible growing-up stories where one or both parents were a total nightmare, but of the women I know who had fairly normal childhoods, I don't know too many that don't consider themselves to be, on some level-- Daddy girls.
(Yes- I know. I was adorable. It's harder than you would expect to peak at age five.)
(Incidentally-- see those geisha sculptures in the background? Mom used to sleep with one next to her bed when he was out of town, to clobber burglars with.)
(Luckily there are no young snots observing and critiquing all my behavior.)
He took pics of a bunch of the cars, then we sat in the car and he instructed me to take pics with his camera. He likes showing me stuff, even giving me driving directions to well known local spots. We had fun trying to get pics framed up just right as the cars drove by in traffic.
Lots of my friend's dads aren't around this year. Actually, more are not around than are. I felt it was important to tell him how I felt. The cards were all lame, and typical of me-- I'd forgotten the dumb one I finally did pick out at home, so I just told him.
I told him he was one of the very few people in the world I always feel completely relaxed around, and like I can totally be myself, and how much I love that. I also told him I love spending time with him, and always look forward to seeing him and talking to him.
I felt kind of sappy, but was glad I was lucky enough to have the chance to tell him this when we are both still walking around and having a good time together.
When I think of how I've always felt about myself, and men etc, I have to give my dad credit. Sure I've suffered from the same "I'm fat and ugly" warped self-image stuff most women do at one time or another. Heck, the world, full of airbrushed models etc will do that to you-- but how I felt about the me inside has always been pretty good.
I felt liked, genuinely liked, and loved, just for being the me I was. I was always made to feel smart, and funny, and like I was someone worthwhile. It made me super picky about guys, but that worked out okay. I'd say judging by what we typically expect of fathers, he did a pretty good job.