There are big rites of passage and there are SEEMINGLY small ones that happen throughout a child's developmental stages that lets her know that she is so loved and covered.

One of the little rites of passage that I never got to experience is going to a nice store and having my dad buy me something lovely. I only saw him a handful of times as a girl, and anytime money was involved, it was because he got someone else to buy something (usually a girlfriend).

I was always so jealous and sad when I would hear other girls talk about the things that their daddy bought for them. I couldn't relate at all, and it made me feel so unloved.

One of the reasons that I didn't have children until my 30s is because I was determined to find someone that wasn't just a great husband, but also a loving and generous father. It was frustrating at times sticking to my principles, but I'm so glad I did.

Last Sunday, we went out to brunch and afterwards walked over to one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma. I wanted to get some new dishes and a new tablecloth for the Feast of Pentecost, so hubby obliged.

My daughter saw a lovely serving dish, ran over to me and grabbed my hand to show it to me. As you hear in the video, I asked if she wanted daddy to get it for her and she said yes.

When she asked, he did NOT respond begrudgingly, he smiled at her the way a father that loves his daughter does, knowing he's totally wrapped around her finger.

Her little dish was the centerpiece of our feast this Sunday, and my husband complimented my 3 year old baby girl on her exquisite taste in serveware .

A small rite of passage had successfully been completed and another curse broken.


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