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Friday, February 4, 2011

Coming of age

A week ago my daughter went out on her first official date, to a local dance (to which the girls ask the boys).

Every father has, at best, mixed feelings when his daughter starts to go out. I expressed mine by teasing her beforehand about what I was going to say when her date came to pick her up. 

I told her I would be cleaning one of my son's guns and would announce, "You know, you don't have to be a Muslim to believe in honor killings." (My son's take on this: "Yeah, but Dad, you wouldn't know how to do anything other than wipe the outside of the barrel.")

Anyway, when the fateful moment actually arrived, I was surprised by my reaction. I'd always thought that I would want to growl at whichever boy came to pick her up. But her date was such a decent, polite, wholesome kid, and my daughter so obviously happy, that I couldn't help but feel happy for her.

Even though I really don't want her to grow up.


Anonymous said...

Great post as always, I can't believe that Beck is starting to date. Where did the time go ? You and Liz should be very proud to have raised such a fine, intelligent young woman. I...on the other hand , am pleased just to have one offspring ( Chris ). A friend who was a father of 3 girls once told me, If you have a boy you worry about one penis, if you have girls, you worry about every penis in the neighborhood.

Mad Dog

John Craig said...

Mad Dog --
Thank you. And that's a great line; I'll have to remember it.