One of the best parts of a wedding is witnessing the emotional bond a bride has with her father. I swear to you, every time I photograph a daddy-daughter dance, it gets me. Oh boy, does it get me. And any time a bride walks down the aisle with her father and tears stream, I have to fight them back myself.
You see, I’m constantly realizing how quickly Ellie is growing up. People say repeatedly, “they grow up faster than you think.” I’m here today to say that’s so true.
Today, my sweet little Elizabeth is graduating from pre-school. That can’t be right. It wasn’t too long ago that I watched her take her first steps, so how is it possible that she’s three months away from starting kindergarten? That just can’t be right. Maybe I’ve not done the math correctly. Or maybe I’m just having a really hard time accepting the reality that she’s growing up and I can’t seem to freeze time.
But that doesn’t keep me from being proud of her.
For any fathers who read this blog (are there any?!?! I get lots of moms… but dads?!), I bet you know exactly what I mean. It’s like an aching pride. Seriously, I feel like I could cry at any minute that I think about her. It’s almost ridiculous. When she’s awesome at something, that makes it even easier. When she’s not awesome at something, though, that just makes me love her ten times as much!
Okay, enough sappy sap talk.
Elles-a-belle, I’m so proud of you. You’re a great daughter, and a very sweet and humble person. You amaze me every day, and make me a really proud daddy. Love you girl.
And now, Ellie wants to read you a story. Sorry it takes a little while – it is the first time she read this book, so she needed help with a few of the words. If you have a kid around you, sit them on your lap and have a listen.