Last week you may remember me talking about how much my oldest daughter hates me and wants nothing to do with me. It really hurt my feelings and to hear that I was not her best friend was life crushing. So I took matters into my own hands and told myself that this was a cry for help and I must answer it. The solution you ask? It was time for a Daddy-Daughter date.
I sat K-Dub on the kitchen counter and asked her if she would go on a date with me. She was so excited that she said yes immediately. From that moment our date was all she talked about. She told her friends and teachers at school and nagged my wife about. I think she just needed some time with her dad. Work has been crazy and training for all these races and The Crossfit Open have really took a lot of my time so I wanted to devote all my time and attention to my little girl.
So Saturday rolled around and we left and went out to lunch where we sat and gossiped about the peeps from daycare and how much she loved a little boy named Eric, which I was not happy about. We laughed and colored on the kids menu. K-Dub asked me to sit next to her instead of across from her. She hugged me and gave me a kiss. It was amazing.
After lunch we went to get ice cream. She wanted pink ice cream but I got her vanilla and told her it was a light shade of pink. She bought it and started to eat it. We sat and talked some more. The conversation was mostly about Paw Patrol, Frozen, and The Lion Guard. Then an old man walked up to us and stopped. He told me my daughter was cute and that he use to take his daughter out on little ice cream runs. He then explained that it was the highlight of his week when they got to go and do something just the two of them. He said now she is married with a family of her own and that time flies and that I should treasure every one of these moments.
I started to think about what the old man said as I put K-Dub to bed that night. Time is a valuable thing and that one day my daughter will be on her own with her own kids and husband. She won’t be so small to go on dates with me. I need to devote more time to my daughter. Sometimes when you are a parent you get distracted by all the other millions of things you have going on that you let the most important things slip between the cracks.
Since our date, K-Dub now tells me that I have joined the list of her best friends and that she loves me. For those of you who are asking, the list comprises of Pop, Aubrey(her friend from daycare), Eric(her little boyfriend), and me. I maybe last but at least now I am on the list. She is already talking about our next date and I am excited to take her.