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A Letter to Cinderella

She sings and she sways, to whatever song plays, without a care in the world. And I’m sitting here wearing, the weight of the world on my, shoulders...

Stephen Curtis Chapman, Cinderella

A daughter, by far, is one of the most incredible gifts a man could ever receive. Of course, there’s the whole thing about every dad wanting a son and whatnot – but the bond between a daddy and his daughter is one that cannot be broken.

The first time I heard this song was before I met you. I always thought it was an incredible song that would make for the perfect “father/daughter dance” at a wedding. At one point, I too was one of those men who always thought having a son would be the best thing I could ever ask for. A son to bond with, play sports with, wrestle with, and guide him through life. But – in the summer of 2016 – I met you and you changed my life forever. Watching you grow to the most amazing little 5-year-old (soon to be 6) has truly been a blessing and the strong bond we have formed is deeply defined by this song.

It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do, she’s pulling at me saying Dad I need you…

No matter how long of a day at work, coming home to you has always been my favorite part of every day. No matter how tired, I have been there to play with you, dance with you – and on occasion, even wrestle! From being silly to having some of the most grown up conversations – you’ve never ceased to amaze me.

So I will dance with, Cinderella.. while she is here in my arms. ‘Cause I know, something the prince never knew… oh I will dance with, Cinderella. I don’t want to miss even one song. ‘Cause all too soon, the clock will strike midnight… and she’ll be gone.

As you continue to grow and mature into a little lady, I can already tell you’re going to be breaking hearts. Your charm and character truly are unique and the care and compassion you always show to others will make you stand out. I dread the day you come home telling me you’ve met a boy.

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed. She wants to know if I approve of the dress. She says, Dad the prom is just one week away and I need to practice my dancin’… oh please, daddy please…

After an in-depth background check and meeting his parents – yes, I will help you practice your dancing. Because how many other dads out there aren’t thinking the same thing – “you have her home by ten son” while staring deep into his soul. You will break hearts and your heart will be broken – but you are resilient and you will get through it because you are stronger than you know right now. You’re still young and are learning so much – but when you’re older, you will always be strong. Then one day, you will meet that special someone who will catch your eye. You will fall in love and they will ask you to marry them.

But she came home today with a ring on her hand, just glowing and telling us all they had planned. She says, Dad the wedding’s still six months away, but I need to practice my dancin…

And yet again, I will be there to help you and be there by your side. You will be amazing because you are going to be a reflection of how you were raised by two loving parents who always made sure to give you all the love and happiness that their hearts could provide. You will have a family of your own, you will raise your child(ren) the way you were raised, and they will be to you what you were to us.

I will grow old and no matter what happens, I know that you will always be there to love me the way I have loved and will always love you, my sweet baby girl… my Cinderella.

…’cause all too soon, the clock will strike midnight…
…and she’ll be gone.

Perspective

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