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Father-Daughter Relationship Transcends the Passage of Time

May 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

The young administrative assistant at the office where I worked until recently was intelligent, professional, organized, definitely a woman on her way up in the business world. It would not surprise me to see her some day as a top executive in one of the Fortune 500 companies. But one day I saw another side of Linda that charmed the shoes off me.

Linda's father came by the office to drop off a computer he had repaired. My admin. Assistant bounded from behind her desk and greeted him with an exuberant "Daddy!" She proceeded to give him a big hug. For the moment, the cool, competent professional gave way to the little girl who loved her Dad and didn't mind if the whole world knew it.

The incident got me thinking of how special father-daughter relationships can be and how they transcend the passage of the years. Linda's Dad was obviously very aware and proud that his daughter was on her way towards being a successful professional career, but a part of him would always see her as the little tike who rode on his shoulders, the girl he taught how to ride her first bike, the kid who sat on his lap while he read her "The Little Engine Who Could."

As for Linda, we may have seen an older, gray haired senior citizen before us, but to Linda, he was strong, youthful and capable of doing almost anything. I could see the little girl in her as she proudly introduced her father to us. "This is my Daddy."

In many intangible ways, the parent-child relationship does remain with us through the years, for good or ill. I have worked with enough father-less kids to know personally of the harm that can be done by an abusive or absent Dad. The hurt can last a lifetime. The positive effects of a Dad on his kids can live on, too. Girls and boys both profit from the presence of a mature, caring role model in their lives.Judging by the smart, confident and warm human being Linda has shown herself to be, I think she was blessed with a good Dad.

Despite all the bad press about deadbeat Dads in the media, I believe that the majority of fathers are doing their best to do what's right for their kids. It's these Dads, and their numbers are legion, that I salute on Father's Day. And take it from this old Poppy, for every ounce of effort you give to your vocation as a father, you will be rewarded many times over. There is nothing in this world quite as touching as hearing "I love you, Daddy" from your kid, whether the kid is four or forty.

The author, Hank Mattimore, is the author of "Grandpa To a Children's Village." He is the father of two children,a grandpa and a surrogate grandpa to twenty-four abused or neglected foster children living at The Children's Village in California.

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