We have our work cut out! We are often criticized for being over protective, too strict, and unreasonable. YES!! We are those things, and it's absolutely natural!! When God has given us such gifts, we are selfish with them, stingy, and will kill for them. Yes, it's only natural for the father of a beautiful daughter to be some what psychotic in his approach to protecting this treasure.
Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I must admit that I struggle with the thoughts of the road that lies ahead of my beautiful daughter. High School is right around the corner and there is NOTHING I can do about it. What IS in my control are my words, in sharing my experiences, as an effort to give her an understanding of the "whys" surrounding all the madness that Daddy speaks from time to time. Fellas, with our daughters, at THIS age, we CANNOT simply be "Do as I say" Dads!!
We have to be real with them, concerning US, when we were that age. We are the only ones with the correct knowledge of how little boys think as teenagers, their motives, their game, and all that bull that they are gonna present to our little girls with ill intent.
True, it ain't easy to have certain conversations, but it's better to have them hear it from us than from friends or others who may not be 100% real with it. Better to have these talks now than to have them resent us later for never opening up. Those of us who were hard on the females in our day should have the most to say, teach, and convey.
I had a conversation with a friend this morning on this whole matter, and I know that I have a lot of work to do and a series of conversations that must take place between my daughter and I. I NEED her to be prepared for more than just the higher level of academics. She's working on becoming more independent. She'll start making decisions for herself with less and less of my input. I will protect her to the best of my abilities, but will do my best NOT to stunt her growth.
I welcome all prayers and encouragement!!
HAPPY THURSDAY!!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams