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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Daddy's Girl

I think I've always been a Daddy's Girl.  Today, on Father's Day, I realize that I will always be a Daddy's Girl.  Even though my father is not just at the other end of a phone call, or wrapping me in a strong hug, or even firmly reminding me that I don't know Everything with his presence here on earth, I realize that he is and always will be with me.

I am Daddy's Girl when I beam with pride of family.  I am so fortunate to have had him and my mother supporting, guiding, and nurturing, first me and then my children.  Bridgette and Bryan turned out to be better people as a result of his getting in the floor and playing with them, laughing with them, cheering for them, and even giving them and their friends bubble gum, ice cream, and chocolate.  Without even realizing it, I find myself striving to be that kind of parent and grandparent.  In just the past several days I have had the opportunity to spend time with my children, bonus child, and grandchildren.  I have never felt more alive and more happy than when I am in their presence.  This Daddy's Girl learned to love and cherish her family and relish that time shared with them.

I am a Daddy's Girl when I work. I was taught to attack a job, go after it with gusto. and keep driving till the job is done.  Don't expect somebody to do something you are not willing to do yourself.  A strong leader is right there in the thick of the work with those he/she is trying to lead.  Work elbow-to-elbow or knee-to-knee with folks.  You are no better than the next person but you are every bit as good.  There will be time to rest when the work is done; so, stick to it and give it your all.  Give everything you do your very best because it is your stamp, your signature, your reputation that you are offering as you work.  This Daddy's Girl knows that her work ethic and dedication to the job are important and stand as a pillar in this world long after you are gone.

I am a Daddy's Girl when I interact with people.  I was taught to meet people where they are.  We never know what hurdles somebody else has overcome or is facing and it doesn't cost a thing to be kind. A little kindness goes a long way.  They get in their britches just like I do and should be treated as I want to be treated.  Always share a smile or a chuckle with them - a little humor serves as a pick-up and makes each encounter a pleasant memory.   It is alright to disagree with somebody and even to oppose their stance fervently but be ready to shake hands, share a hug, and walk away with an attitude of cooperation and respect.  Treat folks with respect - even when they don't deserve it.  We never know when a chance encounter may make a huge impact on another person.  It is more important to know people and know who they are than to know where they are from, or what they do, or what their station in life is - just knowing them as they are.  This Daddy's Girl learned that it is important to leave people with a positive memory of your interaction.

I am a Daddy's Girl when it comes to learning.  I recognize there is always more to learn and embrace learning something new constantly.  Get as much education about every thing you encounter that you possibly can.  Knowledge is something nobody can take away from you.  Be a student even as you are being the teacher because we can always learn from somebody else - anybody.  No matter how many degrees you earn, you still don't know Everything!  Even those who don't have a stack of degrees have a world of knowledge to teach you.  Share what you know but share it with love and even if the knowledge isn't appreciated, the love will be.  This Daddy's Girl has a passion for learning and relishes the opportunity to learn.

I am a Daddy's Girl when it comes to embracing life.  I realize that we only have one chance here on this earth and we should live it to the fullest.  Stand up for what is right and good.  Take advantage of every opportunity and realize that sometimes an opportunity doesn't seem like an opportunity at all!  In everything we do there can be an element of fun if we choose to make it so.  Experiences are important and people are even more important.  Take time to enjoy and appreciate both.  This Daddy's Girl doesn't want to miss a thing and wants to be sure that I and the people around me have a big time.

The person I am is certainly a reflection of being a Daddy's Girl.  It takes commitment, diligence, and dedication to become a good person and I am lucky enough to have had a role model to give me guidance and encouragement to keep striving toward that goal.  Oh, Daddy was far from perfect and certainly didn't lay down a road map.  He did, however, show me a world map and instilled in me that whatever I wanted to accomplish is possible.  He also instilled in me that there is a responsibility bestowed upon each of us and to take that responsibility seriously.
I miss his presence each and every day.  I feel lucky that I had Billy Noland as my Daddy and am proud to be a Daddy's Girl.  Happy Father's Day to you and yours.