Knowing for months my daughters 14th birthday would fall on a Thursday and that my dharma would be about daughters. Wednesday I decided to ask Woody (my x husband) to write the dharma for my class. Because if it wasn't for him; Kelsey would not be here. She is my love, my life, my soul, my energy and my best friend. So, here it is.......A dharma talk from a dad to his little girl on her birthday.
Yesterday I spoke to my daughter Kelsey and she asked me if I was excited about tomorrow? I asked her what she meant and she said we get to celebrate the best day of my life. She was making a joke of course but she was right. When I first laid eyes on her I started to cry, she was my baby girl and she was perfect. Kelsey was instantly a Daddy's girl and I was wrapped around her finger. I could have not asked for a more incredible daughter, she is still perfect in my eyes. She is 14 today and it is bittersweet. I would love for her to still be my baby girl but I am so proud of the young woman she is becoming. The joy I get from listening to her music in the car, going shopping or just getting ice cream is immeasurable. We talk about pretty much everything, she is wise beyond her years and constantly makes me laugh.
As a father to a daughter our instinct is that we have to protect them from the world (mostly boys). Kelsey has taught me how strong a young girl can be when she is confident in herself and knows her self worth. I know I can not protect her from the World and this still keeps me up some nights but I am confident Kelsey will handle everything that life throws at her.
I am not sure if you will read this but if you do remember I will always love you no matter what. Also remember:
Use the gifts you have been given.
Treat your body with respect.
Spend your life with someone who loves you like I do.