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I Am No Longer 'Daddy'...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Tituscrow, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Well, my little girl turns eight soon and today, for the first time, she called me 'Dad'.

    Not 'Daddy', but 'Dad'.

    For some strange reason, it hit me. And I mean REALLY hit me how quickly she is growing up.

    I did a double take...'what did you call me?'
    'Dad', she said, cool as you like.
    'Er, I'm 'daddy', not 'dad''.
    'No dad, daddy is for babies', she replied without even looking up from her cereal.

    Daddy used to do the nappies and the early feeds.
    Daddy helped with those first steps and was always on hand with a cuddle when it went wrong.
    Daddy made sure her school uniform was always ready.
    Daddy would make her school packed lunch every morning.
    Daddy taught her to brush her teeth.
    Daddy taught her to swim.
    Daddy taught her to ride a bike.
    Daddy took her to tap dancing 3 nights a week.
    Daddy gave up countless days out at the football.
    Daddy gave up countless nights out with the lads.

    And now, Daddy is no more.
  2. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    My boy looked me straight in the eyes, and said "Dad", and it was all over. . . Feel for you man, but Daddy will always be there and you know it! :) Enjoy the next phase.
  3. vegas532

    vegas532 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    Dude, daddy never goes away!! :)
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    My daughter just turned 21 and I am still Daddy :D
  5. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    Yep. You aren't losing a Daddy, you're gaining a Dad.
    (Father of two great kids, 27 and 15 years old).
  6. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Mine turned 9 about 3 weeks ago, and calls me Dad or Daddy, depending on some internal switch, the operating parameters of which are completely unknown to me.
  7. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Thanks fellas :)

    I really don't know why it got to me. Felt like a rock to the head.
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Dad teaches her to make good choices.
    Dad teaches her to solve life's problems.
    Dad teaches her good habits.
    Dad teaches her to have patience.
    Dad helps her with homework.
    Dad builds her self-esteem.
    Dad builds her confidence.
    Dad builds communication skills.
    Dad keeps things positive.
    Dad provides acceptance.
    Dad gives her some slack.
    Dad lets her develop her own skills.
    Dad continues to be a good role model by demonstrating all of the above in his own life.

    The next mile stone will be around 11-12.

    From another dad.:)
  9. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Oh believe me I feel your pain.. I have an oldest heading into college, middle one heading to high school and youngest heading to first grade.... I'm getting old!! Ahh
  10. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    But you still have a lifetime of being dad. You're still going to have a lot of things that have yet to happen to file in your scrapbook of memories.
  11. notverygood


    Feb 11, 2010
    It really struck me yesterday when I took my daughter shoe shopping and we had to leave the kid aisle and go to womans shoes. I started to get a little sad, but it was quickly drowned out by my outrage over the price of womens shoes. We also had to listen to a boy band called One Direction on the way there.:bawl: Not a good day for Daddy.
  12. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love...

    Apr 13, 2004
    Happyrock, OR
    She'll go back to "daddy" when she becomes a teenager and wants something... "daddy, can I use the car?".
  13. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Dude. You'll always be Daddy.
  14. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    I drive my oldest daughter to college tomorrow morning. She calls me Daddy, but when she calls me Daddy, my next question is "how much is this gonna cost me??" LOL.

    Enjoy every second with your kids. The time goes by in a heartbeat. When we drop my daughter off, my wife will be fine. I, on the other hand, will be a mess!
  15. My daughter is about to turn 7 and she already won't kiss me when I drop her off at school if her friends are around.
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
  17. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  18. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Yep. I experience this with my 14-year-old daughter regularly.
  19. Hug her as often as you can and tell her you'll love her forever. My daughter is 24, and when she visits I never fail to hug her and tell her how much I love her. ;)
  20. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    If anything, this little 'landmark' has made me go over the top with affection today :)

    I know your daughter is leaving for Scotland soon. I can't bear to picture the day mine leaves home, but I know it has to happen. Until that day, I will do everything I can to make sure she leaves as a happy, confident, compassionate, sensible and determined young woman.

    Thanks to everyone who has posted. Makes me feel less of a wuss :)

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