This is a hard thing to write. But I have to write it, and there will be more difficult things to write than this coming up in the future so I may as well get used to it.
My daughter Alicia Rose, “My Cinderella,” turned 13 years old this morning. My little girl is now a teenager, and certainly not so little any more. This is just the beginning for her.
I have many reasons to be proud of Alicia. She has so many wonderful qualities about her, it’s hard to list them all. But here are a few: courageous (how many people — even adults — would have the courage to stand on the back of a horse like Alicia did in the photo here?); wise for her years; compassionate; strong (she packs a nice punch, just like her lovely Mom, so any guys wanting to take advantage of her had better watch out … just warnin’ ya!); tender-hearted; loving; lovely (like her Mom); smart; musical; funny; athletic; talented; logical; friendly (you should see how easy it is for her to make friends, and how many people — young and older — want so much to be her friend); loyal … like I said, the list could go on for pages.
I have three children. Alicia has two older brothers, the next closest being almost six years older than her. Alicia was not originally a part of our “family plan,” but she was an important part of someone else’s plan for us. A very important part. I don’t love Alicia any more or any less than any of my sons, but there is definitely a very special relationship between a father and his daughter that goes beyond measure, beyond any human words. I came to realize that the moment she came out of the womb, 13 years ago today. And the bond only gets stronger as time goes on. She gives me a lift with her smile and her hugs. She makes me laugh with her extreme wackiness. She is one of the best daughters and best friends a father could ever hope to have. I cherish the time I get to spend with her … every possible moment.
Yes, there will be more difficult things in Alicia’s future that I will have to write about … first date, first true love, a wedding. So that’s why I’m making the most of the time I can have with her now.
Because, as I shared in my blog from a special moment with Alicia back in November, there will be a time when “my Cinderella” will be … gone.