It's funny how kids minds work and what is important to them and how they perceive loss in different ways. I'll never forget the day of my dad's funeral, Paige leaned in close and buried her head in my chest and said "I'll never get to go to daddy/daughter breakfast again". Of all the things to be thinking about on the day we laid my dad to rest, but that was important to her. That statement opened my eyes to the things she was feeling. It broke my heart.
Today has been one, that I had been dreading, for an entire school year. It was going to be another slap in her sweet face that she didn't have a daddy on earth anymore. Of course, like we tell her, she will always have a daddy...he's just in Heaven.
Throughout this year, we have developed an incredible friendship with a special family. The mom and I are great friends and I adore her. Their daughter and Paige have developed quite the big/little sister bond and Paige would stand up for this angel if ever need be. She loves her. They have this precious new baby boy that will melt your heart in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. He is THAT cute. Then, the dad. The dad is a very friendly, outgoing man. Not one of a ton of words, but is gentle and sincere. Paige took to him like nothing I have ever seen before. When we are out at functions, she is either hanging out beside him, sitting in his lap or jumping up wanting to be held. He has thrown the football with her, teased with her, laughed with her and has been a special friend.
Paige woke up awfully excited today, because it was the Father/Daughter breakfast. You see, she got to go, because her special buddy wanted to take her. She didn't have to dread this day afterall. It was a morning filled with smiles, good conversation and (hopefully a decent breakfast). Paige showed off her special buddy and her special buddy obliged in the sweetest of ways. She took him to meet her teacher, show him the building....poor special buddy is probably exhausted right now.
Special buddy is the daddy to these wonderful kids and precious mommy!
We love you guys more than you can imagine. I know this might have just been a little something in your eyes, but in the eyes of our family, it was the one of the biggest somethings ever. Our heart is full today and we know that my dad would thank you from the bottom of his heart for loving our girl!