Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Daddy's Girl
When I was young, pony-tailed, dimpled cheeks, I was a daddy's girl.

I still am.

I looked at you for your security, for love and attention, for the understanding, and the patience I lacked as a child?

You were the center of my small world, the focus of my affections, the star that lit my life, shining bright. Shining still in my heart.
The years have led me here, weathered with maturity and responsibilities, and I see more clearly now. The hardships, burdens of love, and all the small sacrifices you made for me, for our family.
You and mom both created stability, a place to call home. All the photographs I browse through of a childhood long forgotten, but with remembered smiles. So happy and so loved.

The mere thought of becoming that role model is enough to send me cowering, afraid... looking for guidance. Turning to both you and mom for support, advice, wise counsel, and for approval.
Grown up, I see differently now...
A new perspective of a man I have always known. My heart is full, my emotions overpowering just in the certainty of that bond. You’ve been there for me through all the conflicts helping me over the rough, ragged stones of growing up. My respect for you is unending, faith is unbound, and love is unquestioning.
Even in the midst of all my imperfections, you’re lenient, ignoring the pitfalls, the downfalls, the shortcomings, you just accepted me as I was, as I am.
The sheer purity of it leaves me awe-struck and it lifts me up, it holds my head a little higher, it keeps me in balance, harmonizing with the world around me beautifully, like an inspired masterpiece from the soul of an honest man. I am honored to know you, to love you, to be of you.
You’re my hero, and I am your daughter, your little girl.
Happy Father's Day to all of our wonderful dads.

10 comments:

PH said...

Well written and great photo reminds me of our old family photo's :P.

salaam

Fatima said...

Awwwww...thats so nicely written ibee :)xxxx

on the edge said...

Lucky , lucky girl ! Loved the picture too . Your dad sounds like the kind of dad all kids should have . How is your mom doing ?

Anglo-Libyan said...

nice post, your parents would be happy.
are you and your dad wearing simillar clothes? very cute picture :o)

happy father's day to all

ibeebarbie said...

Salam PH,
LOL@our old family photos. Yeah they are fun to look at. Pretty good, huh? This was even in color. :P

Salam Fatima,
Thank you.

Salam On the Edge,
You are right---he is the model dad. Mom is doing remarkably well. She finally found out exactly what happened to her and just can't believe she's still alive. She told me the other day she has no idea why God decided to let her live, but she is so grateful and thankful that He did.

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
My dad couldn't believe this picture. A friend of his made my dad and I matching shirts eons ago and of course in the pic you can see how proudly we wear them. :p

a_akak said...

oooooh thats cute :P, nice picture

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Happy Fathers Day To Everyone

Fe Aman Allah

abdullah SH said...

lovly post ...
u wearing as ur dad realy daddy girl ....
happy father `s day ...
how s ur mam ...

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Ahmed,
Long time nice see....what a nice surprise. Hope all is well, inshallah

Salam Abdullah,
Thank you! Mom is improving everyday, alhamdullilah.

MusicLover said...

Adele singing daydreamer

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4Q_z2WkSKTc


Nice Photo

Lebeeya said...

THAT PICTURE IS SOOOO CUTE, I JUST WANT TO HUG BOTH OF YOU!!!!

Well written post. Very touching :-)