When our girls were growing up, their dad often traveled out of town for work. Over the years, the girls and their daddy developed a ritual for saying their farewells which they still observe today as the girls leave for college each semester or when it is time to say goodbye after a visit.
Each time they part, Steve will kiss the palm of each of his daughters’ hand and the girls will then hold their palm to their face for a moment while they say out loud:
Daddy loves me.
Then it is their turn to remind their daddy of their love for him. They kiss their daddy’s much bigger palm and he holds his palm to his face and repeats the reassuring promise.
Alex loves me.
Brookie loves me.
After wrapping them tightly in his arms for a final hug, Steve looks them in the eye and reminds them of his expectations for them. Each time, he says these words:
Be good, be strong, be brave!
You can imagine how adorable this ritual was when they were tiny and he had to pick them up for the goodbye hug. For me, it may be even more meaningful to watch now that they are 19 and 22. As independent young women, Continue reading