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Daddy's Little Girl Stories of the Special Bond Between Fathers and Daughters
By Gregory Lang
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Copyright © 2008 Gregory Lang
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The Center Of His World
Margo's house finally sold after being on the market nearly three years. She and her husband were so happy to finally have a buyer that they signed a contract requiring the family to move out within two weeks. Despite the inconvenience, everyone pitched in to prepare for the expedited move. Then, two days later, Margo's mother-in-law died suddenly and unexpectedly.
Although she tried to plan a funeral and continued to pack up their home, Margo accomplished little, her progress constantly disrupted by her tears of grief and overwhelming worry for her distraught husband.
Concerned about his daughter's situation, Margo's father told her not to worry about finding a new place to live and that she needed to grieve and be available to support her husband. He suggested she and her family of four move back home with him and her mother, at least until the dust cleared.
Even though her parents' company and accommodations provided Margo with much-needed support, she still needed to fill the void left by her mother-in-law's death. The two women had been close, and Margo felt the pain of her loss almost as intensely as her husband did. Soon, she found herself going to her parents' mailbox every day, hoping for mail—a card or handwritten note from a friend—something to make herfeel better, lift her spirits.
One day, disappointed once more after not finding any mail addressed to her but seeing stacks of it in the box for others in the family, she expressed her doubts about being important to anyone.
Her dad overheard the comment.
The next morning when Margo entered the bathroom, she found handwritten notes taped to the mirror. She also found notes in every drawer in her bedroom, in the kitchen cabinets, nearly everywhere she looked. On the notes were messages that said, "Someone loves you," "Someone's thinking about you," and "You matter to me."
They had all been written by her dad. Her heart began to lift, and she smiled again as she peeked here and there, searching for other notes of love and solace.
Several days after finding the hidden notes from her father, Margo made another trip to the mailbox and discovered a letter, this one addressed to her. It was from her father. He had written it at his office just four blocks away and sent it through the mail so she could find a letter to her in the mailbox. Opening it there on the sidewalk as tears ran down her cheeks, she read of the kind of love only a father can express to his cherished daughter.
Her dad continued writing and mailing letters to Margo for more than a year, telling her how much he loved her and what a wonderful daughter, wife, and mother she was.
During that time, Margo's grief fell away, and, of course, she realized just how important she was to someone special—her dad.
"He is not only my dad, but my best friend and confidant, too."
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