“Daddy, this is the best day of my life!” My 16-year-old daughter blurted out as we got out of our car. We were just getting home from successfully finalizing something she had been working on for a few months. Her hard work paid off, and her emotion was very high; she was sporting a smile from ear to ear. This emotion was due in part to the trails of details unknown in getting over the finish line.
The emotion of being her father caught me, and I, too, began celebrating her achievement, deeply feeling the sensation of true joy. It is times such as this that being a parent is well worthwhile.
My mind began to realize all that lies ahead of this young lady. Yes, this is a time she will remember, but I know it will pale compared to what she will yet do. You see, I, too, realized this same accomplishment at her age; I remember the joy I felt. It was cool. Yet, now as a father, the joy I felt was much different. The feeling is indescribable.
As each of your parents can, I could recite many stories such as this where we were proud; happy for being blessed to be a parent. Knowing now with greater wisdom what life has to offer and how we continually gain a greater appreciation.
I want to share that we who have lived a little longer understand the milestones ahead of our youth. Remember saying, “I do,” and knowing your soul mate was now part of you? How about the birth of children, knowing you were responsible? Is there anything that comes to mind after graduating from college, first job, promotions, awards, and new positions? Finally, most meaningful, being there when loved ones reach these same landmarks.
I am so very happy for my daughter’s joy, but I can’t wait to be there when she achieves just apart from what is on her bucket list. Know from your father that the joy you experience gets better, sweeter, and more meaningful as you grow and mature. Thank you for who you are and for making me so happy 🙂