Even though I’m only two and a half years old, I need to love and be loved. And Daddy, I love you so very much.
I want you to know that although Mommy spends a lot of time with me, you are still half of my world. I need my Mommy, but I need my Daddy, too.
I realize that since I can’t talk with you about football yet, you sometimes struggle with what to do with me when we are together. It’s okay. I’m pretty easy to please. But just in case, I made a list of 3 things that will draw us closer together (there are more than this, but I can only count to three right now).
1. Spend Time With Me. Don’t buy into the “quality” time argument. Yes, I want you to be “present” when you are with me, but I’m not so concerned with what we do. I just want to spend time with you – and lots of it! We can play silly games you make up or wrestle on the bed. As long as we are together, I will get to know you and you will get to know me. Please make time for me in your day even though you may be tired after coming home from a long day at work.
2. Read To Me. I love stories. Even though you may read the same book that Mommy read to me earlier in the day, it doesn’t matter. I can listen to the same story over and over. Plus, you make those funny voices that I really like. Most of all, I just like to hear your voice. I need to have a man’s voice in my life. You see the world a little differently as a Daddy, and I need to hear your wisdom in my life.
3. Put Me To Bed. Bedtime is a special time. Mommies are great for bedtime because they know how to snuggle you and give you lots of kisses, but I like it when you put me to bed, too. I like feeling safe in your strong arms as you carry me to bed. I like putting my tiny arms around your big neck and the feeling of my smooth, soft hands in your calloused ones. But most of all, I like to hear you pray. I feel very safe when you pray for me. I know God is listening to you, and I know he is watching over our family because you are taking the time to pray for all of us.
Well, that’s really all I had to say. I haven’t seen you much lately and didn’t know when we would get a chance to talk about this stuff. Mommy said you are working on a big project at work.
I know you make a lot of sacrifices for our family. Even though I may not understand what “work” is, I know that it’s not your favorite thing to do and yet you do it because you love me. Thank you. I really mean it. Thank you.
I am so glad you are my Daddy!