Friday, February 5, 2010

My Love Story

Recently, my daughter wrote on a note under the Christmas tree asking Santa "for my family to stop smoking." She went for it. before she wrote family, there's a scribbled out "da" ... She meant for DAD to stop smoking, but went all out and scratched it out in favor of family. But it was me.

There's a post-it note on my computer in her handwriting inside a heart she drew: mia + dad ... and another post-it: mia and dad sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

She's the love of my life for real. My nickname for her is MyLoveStory and I've been calling her that for years. Today, she turns 8. And I don't care what anyone says, an 8-year old who loves her daddy and has NO idea what it means to like a boy or kiss a boy or date a boy ... that's what being an 8-year old is about. And, today I thank God for blessing me with the most perfect little 8-year old a man could ever have.

And although this Mariah song reminds me of her simply because of the title, there is one song that is forever OUR song. My song and my little girl's song. I remember when I told her it was our song and I would sing it to her while I drove. I still remember how when I sang to her and looked back at her and said "how my eyes fit in yours" and she sunk her chin into her shoulder and batted her little eyelashes at me. And yes, she will ALWAYS be my joy.

I'm certain we'll dance to this at her wedding - it's my intent. I'm sure we'll still be dancing like fools then ... like we have been for years ...

Happy birthday, my love story. I love you past the rocket ships.


Super Dave Van Buren said...

Happy B-day to your lil girl! The "your joy" song speaks to the father daughter relationship so well.

The Jaded NYer said...


*big sloppy Tia kisses*

So um, I guess you DON'T want me to send her a copy of "Our Bodies, Our Selves" just yet, huh?

Ty said...

Your daughter and I share the same b-day.

That's a beautiful post.

yet another black guy said...

AWW this is so awesome and sweet :) Happy Birthday TIA!

Toy Couture said...

wow..that was a beautiful post.

"she sunk her chin into her shoulder and batted her little eyelashes"

I almost melted when I read that

JACK said...

SuperDave: "Your Joy" is definitely our song - and fits us. The lyrics talk about baby girl laying on her father's chest and for a long time when she was a baby it really was just me and her while her momma worked second shift. So us.

Jaded: Back away from my baby girl. Back away, carajo!!

Ty: Aquariuses are everywhere!

Yet: "Tia" means aunt in Spanish - which is what Jaded was calling herself. Hmm-ever, she may not come near my chirrun' with that Our Bodies nonsense. I'll cut her.

Toy: That moment is forever seared into my memory ... that look she gave me was just heaven to me.

Thanks all for giving my baby girl her props on her birthday. American Girl Superstore in downtown Chicago is a WHOLE lot richer juz cuz my daughter had a birthday.