A Father's Journey | A Daughter's Dream
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
A father is part of bringing a child into this world. He waits patiently while the child is nursed and cared for by a loving mother. He watches over the years how the child bonds to her mother, how they pick out dresses together, how the mother teaches her how to apply make-up. The father runs in the morning while thoughts of being with the little girl enter his mind. He pushes the little girl into sports with the hope that he can coach her in a sport he knows very little about but it’s his way of fulfilling that ever present desire to be part of her life.
As the years move on, the father stops coaching his daughter because she now knows more about the sport than him. He watches her from the faraway bleachers still hoping for the time when they can find something to do together, something shared. He watches the girl as her mother helps her get ready for proms and stay content taking pictures of all the events of her life. He, of course, gazes despairingly at the pictures, knowing the time is coming when his little girl will leave for college, and his dream of being with her is about to pass, as others occupy her time.
Then one day out of the blue she calls. She tells him that she started running, and she asks him for advice; she says she always noticed how no matter what was going on in life; he always had time to go out for a run. She tells him how proud she was of him when he ran the Boston Marathon, and she wants to be just like him. She asks him to come to California to do a triathlon together, and even though he has never done one, he doesn’t hesitate to say yes.
He hangs up the phone, he sits down to compose himself, he sees every day of the past 19 years, and he can imagine his daughter watching his every move now. He wonders why he never saw it before, and then it hits him. His life with his daughter has just begun.
My daughter and I will be there at the Avia Wildflower Triathlon. You’ll notice my daughter; she’ll be the one giving it her all. You’ll also notice me; I’ll be the guy with the biggest smile.