Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Storytelling: Daddy and Daughter Dance 2009

Over the last several weeks, I've been striving to invest more time and love into my family. There have been certain activities that have been more successful than others, but for the next few posts, I thought it would be good to share some of my stories.

At the beginning of the year, an opportunity was presented to me through our school system regarding a special Daddy/Daughter Dance on January 30th. I immediately signed up both of my daughters and myself and purchased tickets for our special night together.

Once I purchased these tickets, I really talked up the night with my girls so there would be a sense of anticipation for the dance. My wife purchased special red dresses for them and I ordered special red rose wrist corsages to put the finishing touches on the evening.

On the afternoon of our dance, my wife spent time getting the girls ready and fixing their hair. I changed into my tuxedo, gave them their corsages, and took pictures of them before we jumped into the car and drove to the dance.

Once at the event location, we took this picture with a professional photographer, ate a Lasagna dinner, and then danced together for a few minutes.

Here are some reasons I thought it important to invest the time, money, and energy into this special time with my daughters:
  1. I need to create special memories between my daughters and myself that we can reflect on for our entire lives together. They can also have fond memories of me when I've gone on to be with the Lord.
  2. I need to communicate to my daughters that they are special and Daddy loves them very much.
  3. I need to be an example to them regarding how a gentleman is supposed to treat a young lady. They are 8 and 6 years old right now, but pretty soon they're going to be teenagers going out on dates!
  4. I need to provide opportunities to display love and affection for them to build their self-esteem and self-worth. I've read a number of daddy/daughter books in which the various authors stress the extreme importance of this in order to save them and you disappointment and hardship with all peer pressure and temptations they will face as teenagers and young adults.

I feel rich today knowing that God has blessed my wife and me with two beautiful, intelligent, and healthy daughters, and I pray that I will continue to be a good steward and leader of my own family.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Larry,

    I enjoyed reading your account of your special evening with your daughters. I did a google search of Daddy and Daughter Dances Out of frustration with my own towns policy regarding same. I have a 9 year old and a 5 year old daughter. Many of my friends have multiple daughters. Well my towns policy is that every "daughter" must be accompied by a male escort. Ideally in thier mind an uncle or grandfather. Well this is just not practical or possible in most cases. Therefore Dad's friend ends up taking one of the girls. So instead of Daddy/Daughter Dance it becomes Uncle/Dad's poker friend/daughter dance. Kind of defeats the purposes don't you think.

    I would welcome your thoughts or comments on this situation. Has your school ever had a policy like this? Did you find it difficult to try and dance with both daughters during the night?

    I look forward to your comments. I do plan on getting this policy changed for next years dance.