Saturday, March 21, 2009

May I Marry Your Daughter :: Fathers feelings

A day like any other when my phone rang - My daughter's boyfriend was calling! Last time he called me was when he reported a bad accident my daughter was in. I answered the phone hesitantly and after a few words said, he asked me for my daughters hand.

The conversation took "guts,". "It was a respectful thing to do.
In my social circle, it's not so much literally asking the dad for her hand in marriage, but rather more a matter of formality and respect.

I had no idea what to say at that moment - I held back my tears of joy - my recordings went on rewind as I played back all I remembered of her - of how she grew up, how her life transitioned from then to now. I also replayed my memories I have of her boyfriend - how he first asked her on his knees with a rose in his hand once before and now 8 years later she finally said YES this past Wednesday "their anniversary".

As I sit here ( with tears running down my face ) and try to write,
the day slips softly into night. It seems I can never find the words, I never know where to start. It's impossible to express the feelings, I have for you in my heart. I hope the following says it all. I love you!

You'll never really know, my dear,
Just how much you mean to me,
A mother's love, buried so deep,
That only my heart can see.

When I sit and really stare at you,
All I can do is grin,
Somewhere down deep inside,
I see myself within.

I'd never change a thing in you,
I thank God that your so fine,
Even when your at your worst,
I'm so proud that you are mine.

The roads we have traveled,
were not always that good,
I would take back all the pain you've felt,
Only if I could.

I know that I'm not perfect,
It's the best that I can do,
But everyday, I thank the lord,
For a daughter as special as you.

I gave him my blessing and hope that they will share the rest of their lives together.

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