There are few events in your life that change you in any profound manner and for me one of those was having my first child. You leave for the hospital one person and hours later (or in Melissa’s case 10 minutes after hitting the emergency room) you become someone totally different. Suddenly someone else’s life is in your hands and it’s of your own doing. You are now responsible for everything that happens to that person for at least the next 18 years.
Daughters are a different animal than sons. I don’t care what anyone says. Raising daughters is a conundrum. There are inherent differences between girls and boys and men and women and those differences need to be acknowledged. But, acknowledging them doesn’t mean you have to be limited by them. You can be tough, opinionated, straightforward, accept no bullshit, and still keep your femininity. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being female.
In many ways Jenny raised me as much as I helped to raise her and I can honestly say that she is one of the most perfect things I have ever had a hand in creating. I feel she is the embodiment of what modern women should aspire to be. I’m proud to be her dad.
Happy 30th JennyB!
Here’s a video I created years ago when Jenny graduated high school and was going off to college. Enjoy!