The Princess & The Papa
Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to be a husband and a father.
I remember thinking about the type of dad I would be and always hoped that I’d be a positive influence that didn’t inspire too many “daddy-issues” in my offspring. I can remember wanting to take my daughter out to a father-daughter something-or-other. I can even distinctly recall hearing about a father-daughter dance and being absolutely crushed by the sweetness of the mere idea.
Finally, this past Saturday evening I was able to take Matilda out on a Daddy-Daughter Date at Chick-fil-A! I don’t know how often they do them, but every once and while, Chick-fil-A will offer a special little hour where a Dad can bring his little lady and enjoy a special meal.
First things first, I love Chick-fil-A! I eat there probably once a week, I’ve been known to go twice from time to time, so I was fully onboard. It was really quite simple, I traded a few emails with the store owner and Matilda and I were signed up for some quality time and some quality chicken.
On the night of, Matilda dressed up in full Princess Belle regalia, and I did my best to keep up with a yellow shirt and pink tie. To have my sweet girl so excited and so dressed up to just hang out with her goofy Dad just made my heart swell! Seeing the complete joy in her eyes as she gazed into mine while Em took photos was a beautiful treasure. I told her she looked lovely and then we were off.
We got to Chick-fil-A a bit early, so we just listened to music in the car while Matilda sang Alicia Keys and when our time arrived, we walked hand-in-hand through the front door and I was blown away at how much of a big deal this event was. The tables and chairs were covered with pristine white linens and dark pink bows, each table had a lovely matching flower arrangement and there was even a photographer there to capture the special moment.
Other dads were present as well, and there was quite a range; dads with newborns to dads with girls in high school. Everyone looked legitimately happy to be there – even the junior high girls – so I knew I was in good company.
We were led to our table for two. I ordered my usual (a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Waffle Fries, and a Dr. Pepper) and Matilda ordered the six-count Chick-fil-A Nuggets and a Sprite. Then we just sat and talked – well talked as much as you can to a 3-year old who is just overwhelmed with excitement!
“Matilda, what’s your favorite animal?”
Being influenced by the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow, she of course responded with “Cow!”
“What’s your favorite song?”
Then she began to sing “this girl is on FFFIIIIRRRRE!”
And then she took a few minutes to tell me this strange anecdote about how Mommy was simultaneously saying that the baby was funny.
So I listened to her tell the story about Mommy and the baby and giggled alongside her when she was being funny and sincerely hoped that this moment we were experiencing together would be one she would never forget, and of course be one of many to come!