When a man has daughters, the signs can be obvious.
- If you see a grown man carrying a tiny pink purse, he’s probably a daddy.
- If a man can sing all the words of a Disney princess song, he might have little girls at home.
- If a man who doesn’t like pets has owned cats, dogs, fish, and turtles, it’s a safe bet there might be a little girl who blinked her eyes at Daddy. My two-year-old niece might not have the largest vocabulary yet, but she has managed to say, “Daddy, puppy. Puppy, please.”
- If a man has small plastic barrettes clamped into his inch-long hair, they were probably placed there by tiny girl fingers.
- If a man is willing to change the channel from a football game to a Hallmark movie, there might be a girl sitting on the sofa next to him.
My father long ago accepted that he was outnumbered in the family. With a wife and four daughters, we sometimes chose male animals simply so he had a little support. Not that he ever minded a house that was far more likely to be filled with dress-up clothes than toy cars and conversations more often centered on Jane Austen than sports.
And we have been beneficial to him. The other day he was taking a quiz and correctly chose Jane Austen as the answer. He probably owes that entirely to being the father of all daughters. He also could probably identify all of the Disney princesses and some of Strawberry Shortcake’s friends.
Of course, we girls have also benefited from being from an all-girl family. We can plumb, wire, mud, build, and use a machete. He taught us theology and the proper way to throw a ball. Some of us have even followed sports — for a time.
In the past several years, the numbers in my family have begun to balance out. Three sons-in-law and four grandsons have provided my dad with male company. Yet with four daughters and eight granddaughters, my dad will probably never know what it is like to outnumber the girls in the family.
And I know he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Happy Father’s Day!
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalms 103:13
What are some other ways one can identify the fathers of little girls?