Friday, August 24, 2007

Fathers and daughters

My husband is completely outnumbered.

There are 6 females in our house. And him.

Poor guy.

Yes, even our two cats are female, so added to three daughters and one wife = one very girl-centered household!

This is what he has to put up with:

  1. Bedrooms decorated in pink and lavender with flowers and butterflies. No footballs, cars or 'boyish' pursuits in sight. (Not for lack of trying on his end though!)

  2. Hair bows. And barrettes, ribbons, rubber bands and other frilly, twisty things that he has no idea what to do with. Not to mention having to remember to brush the kids' hair instead of just patting it down and going.

  3. Trying to figure out why you can't put a red shirt with a pink pair of pants - they are in the same color family after all.

  4. Remembering which cute little ruffly shirt goes with which cute little ruffly skirt. And which cute little ruffly socks.

  5. Lots and lots and lots of pink!

  6. Being asked to play this over and over again.

  7. Being asked to attend tea parties with stuffed animals and baby dolls and to brush 'hair' on little multi-colored ponies.

  8. Being surrounded by Dora. Strawberry Shortcake. Disney Princesses. Hello Kitty. My Little Pony. Polly Pockets. Barbies.

  9. The $145,432,340 cell phone bill that is sure to come someday.

  10. Thoughts of 3 teenaged girls in the house someday, 4 women PMSing, how to keep boys away from his 3 daughters, way more feminine products, hair accessories and makeup than he ever wanted to see in one room, paying for 3 weddings and did I mention how to keep boys away from his 3 daughters?
  1. Little girl kisses at bedtime and whenever else he wants.

  2. Being their hero when he puts a new bike together or builds a snow fort.

  3. Freckles and curls.

  4. Little girl smiles and laughter when he tickles them or gives pony rides.

  5. Always having someone willing to snuggle with you.

  6. The joy to come watching 3 strong proud women and knowing he had something to do with them turning out that way.

  7. Proudly giving away 3 brides.

  8. Sons-in-law!
So even though I suspect there's a slight bit of disappointment there that we haven't had any boys - I know he wouldn't trade his three girls for anything in the world!

You can have fun with a son,
But you got to be a father to a girl.
-- Oscar Hammerstein II

In love to our wives there is desire, to our sons there is ambition;
but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
-- Joseph Addison

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11 wonderful people said...:

MomOf3 said...

What an absolutely wonderful post! It brought tears to my eyes! :)

Corey~living and loving said...

That right there was beautiful :) thanks for sharing it with us!

SingForHim @ Real Life said...

This is great! We have three daughters and can totally relate. We do, however have a male dog and cat. Thanks for entering the carnival!

Donetta said...

I love this post and have really enjoyed the time I spend here.
Please cove over to my place. I have a little something for you.

Michelle said...

That was just too sweet (and fun to get a jump on my blog carnival reading)! Sounds like you have a great husband! : )

~Amber~ said...

Oh Deb, that made me just bawl, and I read it to Andrew, who had tears in his eyes. Thanks for sharing that!!! ((((((((HUGS))))))

Eva said...

Very sweet! Although we have a boy and a girl here, there's definitely a very special father-daughter bond going on already.

TaunaLen said...

Wow. This brought tears to my eyes, too. I loved the quotes at the end.


Kim said...

This is such a sweet post and so right on. For all the things daddy's miss by not having a boy they more than made up for by what they get from having a daughter.

melody is slurping life said...

It is a sweet post. I can sort of identify with your DH...I'm the female in a house of 5 DH and 4 sons. But they call me their Princess, so it's good.

Great post.

The Surrendered Scribe said...

I really enjoyed this. I bet your husband feels pretty blessed! Great blog!