i've been thinking a lot about dads & daughters recently -- it seems to be this really beautiful bond i get to watch and be a part of so often right now.
seeing ryan's relationship with ellie, and now anna, is simply incredible. i'm an extrovert and have a hard time sitting back and watching an interaction, not wanting to in some way be a part of it, but i love, absolutely love, just sitting and watching those two girls with their dad. it is so different from my own relationship with each girl -- i love what they end up talking about, how he holds them, and interacts with them. last night, ryan took ellie on a date -- he came to the door in a suit & tie, with flowers. they went out for grilled cheese and she came home absolutely beaming -- it had been a magical night for her. the photos they took at the restaurant were absolutely hilarious! he creates a space in her life that's totally unique.
and then, it was my own dad's birthday a few days ago, and we're coming up on father's day, and i think about that relationship has grown, and stood the test of time, and now to see him with my own daughters. having kids makes me think about all the things my parents did with such intention -- the choices they made, the ways they spent time getting to know us, showing us new things, sitting with us in the hard places of growing up, and letting us find our own way.
this long, sappy intro all to say, i found myself going back to this kickstarter campaign, a t&f reader and the illustrator of this book (how neat is that?!) emailed to me. the simple message of this book about the bond a dad and daughter have, is so beautifully put. i love the intention behind the story, the detail & vibrancy of the illustrations (i can see this being a book ellie just pours over, trying to find new things one each page) and how the story stretches beyond childhood -- telling our girls that this love they feel now will endure.
as i was thinking about it, we sort of become connoisseurs of books about dads. over the course of deployments, we wove them into our routine as a way of keeping ryan a part of our day & giving ellie a chance to talk about him. we've read our favorite, my dad, hundreds of times (ellie now reads it to me!). all to say, i think this is going to be a big hit at our house.
one final geeky note -- i just love kickstarter! i love how a part of a project it can make you feel -- like hard work and creativity and worthy ideas can be seen and found and supported.
p.s. if you support the kickstarter with $25 you get your own copy of the book by father's day, three cheers for that!