Dad, this was too long to text

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Today I’m throwing out a curveball. Instead of talking triathlons I want to talk family and female empowerment.

 I read this article that made me really thankful for my dad.  When my dad reads this blog I just know he will wonder how I can simultaneously be thankful for him and ignore his text messages (because anytime before 8am is too early for texting!).  Still, I am grateful because my dad was the kind of father outlined in this article. I credit him with shaping me into the strong, independent, and athletic woman I am today.

I’m pretty sure Dad didn’t read up on guides about raising confident young women before embarking on parenting three girls.  He just spent time with us. We played softball and wrestled with my brother on the living room floor. We attended ballets, plays, and football games. We rode horses and bottle fed calves. We hiked for hours in the woods behind my house and built a tree fort. We read together every night. Each day he’d inquire about the details of our day and our thoughts and feelings. Sometimes he’d ask on the way to school and I was grumpy and didn’t want to share. But he always asked and he always listened.

A friend of mine sent me a picture of his brand-new niece today and it made me think about how special little girls are. Sure, boys are great.   But, girls are unique in the way that we absorb and internalize other people’s attitudes towards us.  Time and attention translate into value and worthiness.  It is because of my dad’s consistent, undivided attention that I don’t question my significance or worth. It is because he showed me that women can be strong in intelligence and athletics that don’t hinge my confidence on my appearance. Because of Dad’s unwavering encouragement I know that I am capable of taking on anything whether it be in my career, personal life, or even triathlons (See, you knew I’d come back around).

Thanks, Dad. I’ll text you back really soon, I promise.

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13 thoughts on “Dad, this was too long to text

  1. Gary Janicke

    Megan,

    This is too much to absorb. The main thing to all girls, provided you have a “good” dad, is that they did all this because they loved you. Dads can’t help it, our girls are special in our lives.

  2. Billy_Trip

    Great post, Megan. Fathers really are important. They help set the example for how we treat others in our lives… and how we expect to be treated by others in kind. I still think it’s great that for every good father out there who knows how to raise his daughter right, there’s a great mother who taught him as a boy how to love and respect a lady…

  3. As a dad, reading posts like this are infinitely helpful in raising my daughters. A daughter’s perspective, such as yours, is difficult to grasp as a guy – but the more I learn the more I understand that I don’t necessarily have to grasp the “why” as a dad, the important part is the “how”. Thank you.

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