A daughter's touch from a dad's perspective

Having a daughter has changed my life in so many ways. For instance, I look forward to coming home from work because when I poke my head into the family room and say hello, I know Maddie will hear my voice, make eye contact, and flash me a gorgeous smile.

I love pouring water over her head in the bath once Haley has washed her hair. I love seeing her fall down after standing against the couch and start to clap as if she's applauding herself for landing without injury. I love when Haley dresses her in her cute little overalls and shoes and she looks way older than she should. I love seeing sweet potatoes in her eyebrows after she has enjoyed a tasty lunch.

I relish the simple moments when she will touch my face or neck with her delicate and tiny hand. This morning I laid in bed with her as she slept, all the while soaking up the feeling of her little hand rubbing my face, touching my longer than usual beard, and scratching my lip. I love that she knows that I am her dad. With those soft touches to my face as she looks into my eyes and smiles, it reminds me that nothing in the world is better than family.

A daughter's touch is one of the most precious things in this life. I am grateful to have such a wonderful little family and especially a beautiful daughter who melts my heart with her tender touch.

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