06/15/2013 05:07 pm ET Updated Aug 15, 2013

If You Give a Dad a Daughter

If you give a dad a daughter...

he'll probably wonder what to do with her.

Especially if he's a man's man.

So he'll play catch with her, teach her to climb trees, and how to ride a bicycle.

Which seem like things a girl wouldn't like to do.

But she will.

He might wonder if she'll be all emotional and hard to understand.

So he'll be silly with her and hope for the best.

And she'll throw it right back at him.


And when they are teasing each other and being silly, it might remind him of a song.

So he'll attempt to sing it to her; not necessarily in the right key.

Or with the right words.

Which will make him decide to look the lyrics up on the internet.

While looking up the lyrics on their iPods, he'll remember a funny video he saw on YouTube.

So he'll show it to his daughter and they'll laugh together.

Laughing will remind him that he's thirsty.

So she'll offer to make some iced tea, which they both love.

As they sit together on the couch enjoying their iced tea together, he'll remember a show he taped from The Discovery Channel about a tea farm in China.

Which she won't want to watch, but she'll humor him and sit with him for a while.

Sitting next to him will make her relaxed, and she'll cuddle up next to him.

Having her cuddled up next to him will remind him why he loves being a dad.

Which will make him wonder what he would ever do without her.

And make you so glad that you gave this dad a daughter.

One of my favorite books to read to my daughter was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. This piece originally ran at Old Tweener. Happy Father's Day, babe.