Little girl's and young women often look at their Dad's as heroes and knights in shining armour, as protectors and leaders in the home. It is primarily the relationship with their Father that will form the basis of their self image as a woman and what they can expect in life. When your Dad tells you growing up, you are beautiful, you are smart, you grow up believing that and you accept that assessment as truth and you begin to act and live up to those assessments. She will grow up knowing she is beautiful and smart because that is what she has been told her entire life.
I'm one of those lucky little girls that heard those very things all the time. My Dad treated us girls with respect and we grew up expecting to be treated this way. I had a very fun Dad that didn't tell me how to live, he lived and he let me watch. He taught me many things and probably never even knew he was teaching me something!!! My Dad passed away 25 years ago this past June 7th, and it still hurts as much today as it did back then. I dream of him often and I feel he is still a part of me to this very day.
Thanks Dad for always putting us first and for the unconditional LOVE!!!!