“There’s two things I know for sure: she was sent here from heaven and she’s daddy’s little girl. As I drop to my knees by her bed at night she talks to Jesus and I close my eyes and I thank god for all the joy in my life. Oh, but most of all for butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer; sticking little white flowers all up in her hair; "Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it’s my first ride." "I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried." In all that I’ve done wrong I know I must have done something right to deserve a hug every morning and butterfly kisses at night.”
“Sweet 16 today. She’s looking like her mama a little more everyday, one part woman, the other part girl. To perfume and make-up from ribbons and curls, trying her wings out in a great big world. But I remember butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer; sticking little white flowers all up in her hair. "You know how much I love you, Daddy, But if you don’t mind I’m only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time." With all that I’ve done wrong I must have done something right to deserve her love every morning and butterfly kisses at night. All the precious time, like the wind, the years go by. Precious butterfly, spread your wings and fly.”
“She’ll change her name today. She’ll make a promise and I’ll give her away. Standing in the bride-room just staring at her, she asked me what I’m thinking and I said "I’m not sure-I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl." She leaned over…gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there,
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair. "Walk my down the aisle, Daddy-it’s just about time."
"Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don’t cry!" Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong I must have done something right, to deserve your love every morning and butterfly kisses-I couldn’t ask God for more, man this is what love is. I know I gotta let her go, but I’ll always remember every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses.”
–“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
This book was purchased for me by my father when I was four years old. At the time, I’m not even sure I recognized that he was giving me anything… important.
I found this book this October, when we moved into our new house and I was packing up all of my things. It was a Sunday night, and I sat and read through the book, my heart literally brimming with emotion – happiness, pride, love… everything. Not too long before I found this, I had applied to all my college choices – and the top one was a seven hour drive away.
Reading this truly showed me the extent of my dad’s love for me. I was four years old when I received this – a time when I honestly can’t remember what my personality was like. And yet, he was there, and he really cared.
My Dad is one of my best friends. He’s dedicated to the people he loves, he’s intelligent, he’s passionate, and most importantly, he knows how to enjoy his life. I’m so, so proud of him for everything that he’s done in his life. He is genuinely one of my idols.
So it makes perfect sense to me that this week’s Super Quote Sunday comes from him.
“Dear Sam: I found this book at an airport during a trip I took shortly after you turned 4. I remembered that I thought the song was a sappy, commercialized attempt to exploit the delicate and precious father/daughter bond, and hoped the book would be on a little higher level. But then I remembered the Saturday morning in July when we were riding around town, running errands in my car and how the song affected both of us. “Play the Daddy song again, Dad.” was all you’d say for a few days. At any rate, the point of my story is that none of these poor guys ever had you for a daughter, so they have absolutely no idea just how incredibly special the feeling can be when the daughter is simply the most loving, caring, and special daughter ever. I can’t wait to see what a wonderful adult you become and to watch what your life will be. I love you, Dad.”
I hope your life has been even better than you could have imagined, and that it continues to get better with every day. You truly are my super hero, and the first person I turn to for advice. You mean the world to me, and I love you so much.
Happy Father’s Day.