I have always been a daddy's girl.
There was a lot more to this post - how my dad can fix anything. How I use to sit in the car when I was 3 and he was working on it and tell my mom "I'm fixing the car with daddy!". That he gave me my first record player that he fixed up and my first record - Elvis "Pure Gold". He was the one who gave me the "birds & the bees" talk because my mom was too nervous to (I was their firstborn). He put together a laptop for me from several different ones so that I could have place all my own to write - just for me. There was when I was 10 he started having seizures right about the time he went back to school to get his degree; graduated from college the same year I graduated from high school and then had brain surgery later the same year. How when I was just a toddler he was sent overseas to Vietnam and when he returned I wouldn't speak to him for a year - because I was so hurt he had left me - his bestest girl! We mended things when I was 4 and finally broke the silence by running to him with arms outstretched, pained expression on face and said "daddy, I wanna hold you". I haven't stopped speaking to him since. That when I was a teenager and surly and snotty he only had to show up with a bag of Doritos (that he had already eaten half of) and say he wanted to share and I would soon be pouring my heart out. That I raced home after school everyday to record on the VCR all 72 episodes of Star Trek because it was his favorite and he was at work or school and couldn't do it himself. That he watched M*A*S*H* reruns every night at 10:30 after the news and never sent me back to bed, but let me crawl into his lap and watch it with him.
There was and IS a lot more to this post - but I started crying the second I put up this picture of him and me. He had just started flight training in the Marine Corps when my mom took this picture of us. So many many more things I could and wanted to say - but in the end, really, even at staring 40 right in the face, I am, always have been and always will be, my daddy's girl.
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