Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird says, "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man whoever lived." My father is the bravest man I know.
I got the call at night. My 86-year-old father Morry, a man so full of energy and life that he worked full-time until he was 76 years old, had overdosed on pain medicine. They pumped his stomach, but they couldn't tell yet whether he would live.
You are both amazing young women. You are able to chase different dreams while not, in any way, losing touch with who you are and what you believe in. That's not easy to do at any age. I can't begin to tell you how comforting it is to know that you have and will always have one another.
While many fathers of grown women still see themselves as their daughters' protectors -- which, again, is perfectly fine and understandable -- it's also necessary for a father to instill in his daughter the belief that she can be her own protector, too.
When our parents die, we don't like to believe that we're next. But we are. Better to grow up before we die. That's a lesson my dad taught me. So on this anniversary, I remember, with gratitude my dad.
Our daughter has grown to become a determined, strong-minded, opinionated, confident, ultra-cute little girl. She is a fighter, and undoubtedly, she has needed every ounce of fight within her to make it this far.
Perhaps the greatest love of my life is my daughter, Omoye. As she's grown older, the two of us have forged a bond of friendship to go along with that father-daughter love. I love her spirit and her playfulness; it brings out the playfulness in me.
The last few decades have had their way with gender relationships of the past. Given the depth of the change, we might expect a dramatic altering of one of the most fundamental man-woman relationships: the one between father and daughter.
A daughter whose father is supportive and loving will tend to choose relationships that reflect her good sense of self. Not so for girls who experience emotionally distant, demanding, or critical fathers.