Stuff like this makes it all worthwhile…..

23 Apr

Sometimes, being a good Daddy can feel like a pretty thankless job, and half the time (well, if you’re like me, WAAAY more than half the time, you don’t even have a CLUE if you’re doing it right.   I spent many a day second guessing what I did or what I said; wanting to make sure that my actions and words always built and never destroyed.  Sometimes I succeeded, more often than not, I failed. I am FAR from the perfect Dad.   But the fact of the matter is, like I tell my girls, “The only way you can GUARANTEE that you’ll lose a fight…is to not fight.”  (Of COURSE< I wasn’t being literal …..ESPECIALLY with as many fights as I lost…Heck, if I would’ve been a professional boxer, they would’ve had to do post fight interviews with  me HORIZONTALLY….wait for it….wait for it….)  . In this case, the only way you can guarantee that you won’t be a good Daddy is to not try.  You HAVE to TRY.  The rewards may not come immediately.  Heck, they may NEVER come…but sometimes….sometimes………you get blessed with things like this:

So I got this text from my oldest daughter, Tee,  yesterday.  It was a screenshot from her Instagram account. .  Anyway,  this is the kind of thing that would make a man that is less in touch with his machismo shed a tear or two when nobody was looking.   ME, on the other hand,  being the tough guy that I am, celebrated by watching some Rambo movies, bare hand  hunting some honey badgers,  and gator rassling…you know, ‘ cause I’m a rough and tumble kinda guy.

(She meant that I was 29 when we adopted them, btw)

Tees Bday Post large


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6 responses to “Stuff like this makes it all worthwhile…..

  1. Denise

    April 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    awww that is so precious!

    • Ty McDuffie

      April 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Yeah, it was kinda cool. I couldn’t even muster up any kind of snarky comment. That’s SOOOO unlike me!

  2. Susan Cooper/

    April 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    That is so precious. It would bring me to tears. You need to frame that for the feature.

  3. wearingmyblackness

    April 24, 2013 at 12:41 am

    This makes me tear up. You can tell you’re a great parent because she’s reaching out in appreciation. Congrats!

    • Ty McDuffie

      April 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Either that, or she’s starting her Christmas campaigning early….The safe money is on option b.


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