Sunday, June 20, 2010

Daddy's Little Girl

I don't hold the monopoly on loving and missing my Daddy, but today, just for today, please indulge me.

Daddy gave me much more than a home, security, and good old-fashion whoopins (in abundance). He taught me to love my fellow human being, no matter what their statue in life.

"Honey, you just never know what demons they are fighting inside," Daddy said.

He taught me to think for myself, although at times he swore my brain was on hiatus.

Daddy said if I believed in myself, always helped those with hands stretched towards me, and lived by the Golden Rule, my heart and mind could rest peacefully at night.

Because of this truth, I sleep soundly most nights. When I don't, his words haunt me.

Daddy believed there was good in everybody, you just had to look a little deeper for some folks, but the "hunt" was always worth it. He was right.

When leaving Mom and Dad's after a visit, Daddy would stand in the driveway as I backed out...never leaving that spot until I was out of sight. I know because I rounded the corner one time, and watched. He was standing there faithfully, dabbing his eyes with a hanky. I did my own dabbing as I drove away.

If you can call or see your Daddy today, don't miss the opportunity. Give him a hug from da Queen here. And then give him your own..AND THEN DO IT AGAIN. AND AGAIN. Some day, that memory will sustain you.

Daddy always said, "If you or your sisters ever need anything, call your Daddy. I'm never far away."

Queen dialing 1-800-Heaven...


Anonymous Eagle Heart said...

As much as I miss my own Dad today, I'm more hurt for my husband whose 2 children are too self-absorbed to recognize much less acknowledge the gift and blessing of still having a wonderful caring father who would do (and does!) anything in the world for them. I'd give anything to have one more Father's Day (heck, just one more moment) to hug and kiss my Dad and tell him I love him. I too have been calling that's not the same as feeling his warm loving arms around me, but it will have to do.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Queen Jaw Jaw said...

Ah honey, some day they will regret their selfish acts. I just hope it isn't too late. Give hubby a hug, a big one, from da Queen here. I adore him and love him, even if we've never met. Sending love to hubby from Bama. Da Queen

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This put a lump in my throat.

JJ, you amaze me. I hope you get discovered big big time...You know how to get right into people's hearts.


9:22 AM  
Blogger Queen Jaw Jaw said...

Look closer in my heart. You'll find your own self residing.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

JJ, you are so lucky to have had a good relationship with your Dad; many of us didn't have that.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Queen Jaw Jaw said...

I'm so sorry, Ruth. I knew when I posted this that it would be the opposite for many. Regardless of those circumstances, the legacy YOU will leave is one of a good, caring heart, and a wonderful friend. One I hope I'm always worthy of...

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautifully said JJ. As a fellow Daddy's Girl, I know how this occasion is one of mixed feelings. I miss my Dad very much but I tell myself that he'll be waiting for me in Heaven and no doubt will be the first to give me a "Daddy Hug" when I arrive. I know some daughters didn't have the positive influence from their fathers that you and I did...but I love what you told Ruth about leaving her own positive legacy in spite of the past. And to all past, present and future Dads - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


10:26 AM  
Blogger Queen Jaw Jaw said...

Thank you Pam. The picture you shared with me of you and your Dad on that special day, is forever burned in my memory. We truly were, and are, Daddy's little girls.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Saundra said...

Queenie, I thought I was handling today pretty well until I read your blog. Now that I stopped cryin' I want to thank you for opening the flood gates of my heart so I can move through the rest of the day. It seems we are never too old to miss our Daddys.

2:30 PM  
Blogger jabber said...

I'll bet your daddy and mine are
together! Loved the blog about
your daddy!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Queen Jaw Jaw said...

Thanks Jab. I bet they are too. And I bet they are smiling down on us, even giggling. You think? I betcha!

4:10 PM  

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