Part 2: Poem – Thoughts on Fatherhood from a Mother & a Daughter

How to love your Daughter

When a storm is coming.

Be steadfast, let her know that should she venture out, you’ll always be her safe harbor.

Be the lighthouse calling her back home and be the shelter from all that is dark outside.

Guide her, teach her and most of all show her how to be unapologetically herself, always.

Hold her hand, hug her close and let her feel safe.

Be honest, protective and courageous.

Love her boldness, strength and power.

Never crush her spirit or break her heart.

The world can be cold, dark and lonely, don’t let it be through you she learns those lessons.

To love your daughter right, you must be her light, set the example and show her that the world can be beautiful.

Take her for walks, ask her about her dreams, make sure she knows how much she means to you.

Let it be that when you’re old and gray, reflecting on the life you’ve lived, you feel both pride in your achievements, and no regrets about your legacy.

You will see it in her eyes, love, heartbreak, joy, fear, possibility, change, compassion, loss, anger, disappointment, kindness, the full spectrum of life’s gifts and lessons.

Make sure that when she looks at you, the reflection you see is one of purity, trust, safety and unconditional love.

Cherish your daughter, for she is a blend of all the best parts of who you are and all the things you can’t be.

So help her to be greater than you ever thought possible.

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