I decided to share this as most people do not appreciate the words of wisdom that pours out from their dad. However some will say they never had the time to know their dad, probably due to demise or the dad just wasn't in the picture.
For we daughters, we have a special place in our dad's heart and sometimes we fail to reciprocate the love he has for us for we seem to think that a mother's love super-cede that of a father's love. But that is not true as a father's love is more of protection, which sometimes could be overbearing but that is them trying to look out for their beloved daughter.
I for one know what it means to have a father who believes in you and ready to support you in every area of your life and i try to always get him something whenever i go visiting. They will appreciate it no matter how small the gift is cos it shows you have them in mind.
I got this excerpt below from a lady who went on a date with her dad and learnt three major life lessons which we may think is nothing new but if we try to ponder really well on it, could make a big impact in our life..
Ever since I could remember, my father and I got along almost perfectly. I think it’s in part due to the fact that I am my mother’s twin, even though she hates to admit it. So, our personalities mesh together like peanut butter and jelly–the ingredients to one of my favorite songs my parents sang to me as a child.
This night, I learned a lot about love. My dad didn’t sing Barry White or recite a poem. He just, well, acted like my dad. Although he previously taught me some of the life lessons, our time together reinforced the words of wisdom he shared over the years.
Here are the three things I learned:
For decades, my dad has picked up the tab for dinners, movies and even vacations. When I added more years and more money to my life, I returned the favor. But still, it was an uneven exchange. He’s old school and is a big believer of a man providing for a woman.
If I asked him what dutch meant, he would probably think I was referring to the natives of the Netherlands. However, on this night, I was able to treat him to a night out on the town. Watching his face light up at the magic of Disney unfolding on the stage before us made me remember that often it feels even better to give than to receive.
Just because my dad doesn’t think a woman should foot the bill on a regular basis, he does think the woman should give gratitude to the person taking her out on a date. Perhaps she offers to pay for parking or tip the waiter. Or maybe her gratitude comes in the form of words and gestures of appreciation.
This night, my father thanked me in all three! He dropped me off at the door while he parked the car. He bought me a bag over overpriced pecans. And he couldn’t stop bragging to everyone how his little girl took him to see The Lion King, because her blog is gaining a ton of attention. He reminded me to appreciate men more when they take time out to plan an enchanted evening.
On the way to the theater, I complained in the car about someone who shall remain nameless. My father, whose motto is to accept people for who they are and to change how you deal with them because they may never change, listened to me vent. He laughed and made a funny comment about the person’s behavior, which made me smile.
But although he agreed with what I had said, he didn’t understand why I went on and on about something that was out of my control. He reminded me that when you love someone, at times, you must tolerate their imperfections and respect their opinions–no matter how absurd.
So from this, what has father's love taught you...do you think they need to be given a high-five, and what peculiar thing has your dad taught you? My dad will always say that anything worth doing is worth doing well and strive to be the best where ever you find yourself. Also you are not competing with anybody, do your best and let God do the rest.
So if you haven't appreciated your dad as a daughter, it is never too late to pick up the phone and get across to him.