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My Little Girl
By Tim McGraw Tom Douglas
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2008 Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas
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Chapter OneOne of my favorite memories of our family is an evening not long ago when Tim and our girls were snuggled up in bed reading a book. Baths were taken, hair was washed and combed, teeth were brushed, and pj's were on ... all was right with the world.
I was so happy when Tim told me that he and Tom Douglas were asked to write this book, because I believe that books provide a gateway into a child's imagination. They inspire and instill not only knowledge, but also endless possibility. Someone once said that if a child has a story in her heart, she will never be lonely. I'd like to think that is true.
I hope this story provides quality time for fathers and daughters to enjoy each other's company and make memories reading together.
A "better than chocolate ice cream with sprinkles" kind of day!
Daddy said tomorrow they would have a spectacular day-just the two of them. He must be planning something remarkable. Something unbelievable! Katie couldn't wait.
Palio, her playful spotted puppy who never, ever, ever left her side, thought an ice cream kind of day sounded great.
"This is the start of a day to remember, Palio," announced Katie.
"Hmm, what am I going to wear?
If we go to the ball, I must wear my tiara. But if we go to Africa, I will need my jungle boots!"
Katie finally decided to put on ... everything!
"Mornin', Katie girl," Dad called from the bottom of the stairs. "Ready for our big day? Even though we're doing nothing in particular, just being together will be spectacular!"
Wait just a time-out minute! Katie thought. Did he say we were doing- nothing in particular?
"First stop, the co-op!" said Dad. "The co-op? Aw, Daddy, there's nothing spectacular about a co-op. It's just a bunch of feed and hay and boring stuff," Katie pouted.
"But there's something new at the co-op, and I know you'll love it," said Dad. "Let's go see."
"Bunnies! And baby chicks!" squealed Katie.
"Don't eat my sleeve, little bunny!" "They sure are cute, aren't they?" said Dad. "C'mon, Katie. There's something else I'd like to show you."
"Mommy duck sure is proud of her babies," Dad said. "But not as proud as I am of my little girl!"
"Those baby ducks look like they are doing a samba dance all in line," Katie said, swaying with the rhythm of the duck samba.
"My little girl is the best dancer ever- just look at you twirl!" Katie danced and twirled until she was too dizzy to stand.
Katie plopped down in the grass and leaned back to look at cloud shapes.
"Look! That cloud looks just like Palio!"
She pointed to the sky. "And there's a frog about to jump on his head! Do you see it?"
"I think so." Dad grinned. "Now can you guess what I see?"
"That giant ice cream cone? Or that big, round pickle and strawberry pizza?" Katie guessed as her tummy let out a growl.
"I see a beautiful princess who needs some lunch," Dad said.
"Hey, Daddy, let's spell words with our letters. We'll see which one of us does better." Katie spelled L-O-V-E, but the U dropped to the floor.
Without missing a beat, Daddy found a U in his soup and spelled L-O-V-E U M-O-R-E!
"Daddy, swing me all the way over the sun!" Katie urged.
"Okay, hold on tight, Katie girl." Dad pushed her high, and she squealed happily. "There's one ... two ... three!"
"Now it's your turn, Daddy!" Katie announced, climbing out of the swing. "Hop in."
Katie pushed and pushed with all her might, but she could only budge Dad a few inches.
They both laughed as he kicked his legs high, pretending to fly over the setting sun until it disappeared.
"I had a spectacular, nothing-in-particular day," Katie declared.
"Better than going to a royal ball?" Dad teased, as they piggybacked up the stairs. "What was your favorite part?" Katie thought for a moment. Then she said, "Being with you!"
"I'm glad I've got my shades on, 'cause your smile is as bright as the sun," said Dad.
"Oh, Daddy, everyone knows you don't wear sunglasses at night," Katie giggled. "All right, Katie," Dad said.
"Time for bed."
"Daddy, tell me a story about when you were a little boy. Please?" Katie begged.
"Okay," Dad said. "When I was a little boy, I used to dream about marrying a very pretty girl." "Mommy?" Katie guessed. "That's right!" Dad said. "And I dreamed that we would someday have a beautiful little girl."
"Me!" Katie laughed.
"...and thank You, God, for Mommy, and Daddy, and my bestest friend Palio," Katie prayed.
Dad hugged and kissed Katie. Then he said, "I love you, my little girl." As Katie hugged her daddy tight, she whispered in his ear, "Love you more."
"We hope this book inspires Dads and Daughters to spend time together just being Dads and Daughters. Please feel free to write your own story or special 'love you more' moment in the space below." Timand Tom
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