Daddy's Day

Thinking back I can remember the sadness that Daddy and I experienced throughout the years of waiting to be parents when Mothers Day and Fathers Day came around each year.  I had to close a little bit of myself off each year whenever those special days came around, to protect myself and keep my sanity.  That pain has lifted now and we love family life. The ups and the downs; the good days and the stressful days. I wouldn't change it for all the tea in China!

Today has brought our third Fathers Day celebration with Katie.  She wrote nearly all the card herself for Daddy (and even managed to get all the letters for her name in the correct order).  She chose the card (and is desperate to get it back from Daddy so she can keep the pictures of the cats on it!).  How much our lives have changed since March 2010 when we first met that tinky little lady.  Katie has grown so tall now and is every inch a young lady about to embark on her school career.  She was able to keep Daddy's presents a secret and understand why it was a special day. She reminded Daddy several times that it was his special day!

We didn't do anything especially exciting today.  It was just nice to spend the day as a family as Daddy has to work very hard during the week.  Katie woke us up at 5:30am this morning, bless her (ok you know I really want to say something far less polite there don't you?), so we snoozed in bed watching Cinderella whilst having juice and tea and Katie helping Daddy open his presents.  We had a family breakfast and dropped by Nana and Pops' house to give Pops his Fathers Day present and then headed into our local town for lunch (Katie had her usual fish and chips!) and purchasing our new mobile phones.  Buying new phones and two new contracts takes its time and Katie was a total star in the phone shop and gained her promised mint-choc-chip ice-cream as a reward for her wonderfully patient behaviour.  She only needed to go for a poo once whilst we were trying to sort the contracts out and broke the cords on three of the display phones which I thought was quite good going (and the shop really should attach those phones more securely!)  We walked through town holding hands; swinging our arms and generally enjoying each others company.  It was everything I always wanted when I dreamed of having a family.  Not a major day out but a simple, normal, family outing into town, walking along together, holding hands.  Simple yet wonderful and so appreciated by us.

I won't spoil this lovely post by describing Katie's behaviour at bedtime due to being so exhausted after such an early wake up.  All I will say is that it was fairly dramatic and she was in bed by 6:15pm tonight leaving me to spend the evening setting up the phones.

I found this poem which I think is a lovely way to finish this post:

A Little Girl Needs Daddy

A little girl needs Daddy
For many, many things:
Like holding her high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!
Like being the deep music
That tells her all is right
When she awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in her heart
And shows her how she might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving her the love
That is her sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
She'll always find him there.

Author Unknown


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