I would like to start off and warn everyone reading that I am not much of a writer. See, I was not gifted with the wonderful ability to put pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard eloquently like my sister. So give me a little bit of a learning curve. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of my topic…
As we all know, I am a guy, not just any guy, but a far-from-feminine guy. When I first found out we were going to have a little girl (Mollye), I was ecstatic. Nervous as hell, but nonetheless very ecstatic. Growing up I always wanted to be that feared dad that had beautiful little girls. You know, the kind that scares off any boyfriend (I just threw up in my mouth a little) when they come over for the first time? Then, when I found out we were going to have another little girl (Mallory), I knew two things at that point, I was going to have to step up my game or I was in trouble and…I was in trouble! So here is the list. It was actually quite hard to narrow it down to just five things, but I managed to somehow. The list is not in any particular order. I do hope you enjoy!
Remember when I mentioned about not having one single girly bone in my body? Well, girls come with a lot more maintenance than us guys. They require hair to be done (which I still to this day I have not mastered), painting fingernails and toenails, and the like. I for one cannot even tie a tie without googling a video for instructions. That being said, I enjoy learning these things.
I really do, even though my big, bulky, non-coordinated fingers have a hard time complying. I have painted nails and had mine painted too. I have done ponytails and, well, that is about all I can do in the hair world unless washing and combing it counts.
I find it very fascinating that my girls are programmed completely different than I am. It is as if I am in school everyday with them. Talking about getting a pedicure and manicure (not me. Mama and the girls). They come by it all naturally, it really is quite amazing to see.
2. Watching them interact with each other.
Mollye and Mallory love each other so immensely it is shocking. Do not get me wrong, I love my girls more than life itself, but these two just have a bond that is unreal.
I remember as things progressed with Mal Mal watching Mollye try to teach Mallory how to talk. I remember being in the toy section at a store with Mollye and her point to something and say, “We should get this, because it will help Mallory to walk.” Mollye’s love for her sister is as pure as it gets. The same goes for Mallory. You can actually see the love in Mal’s eyes when she looks at her sister. Watching her every move. Kim and I always ask Mal who she loves the most and it never fails; Mollye is her choice.
3. Watching my wife interact with both of them.
Now, I know what you all are thinking. How can this have anything to do with being a daddy to little girls? Well, let me explain. Kim, Mollye, and Mallory are all cut from the same cloth. They are all girls obviously! Previously I had stated that us guys are programmed differently than girls, that becomes even more apparent when you put three of them together in one house and you are the only guy around.
They can play American Girl dolls for hours! No, I literally mean that, HOURS! Watching the three of them makes my heart warm. Seeing how they all think alike and act alike is pretty neat.
Things are pretty busy in our house and it is usually hectic, but when they are all playing upstairs, I can feel the peace and love. Even though Mal cannot do the things that most 3 year old little girls can, she still enjoys being there and joining in on the fun. If any of you have not witnessed the three of them together, I invite you to come over and observe. I guarantee you your heart will end up like the Grinch’s right before he returned all of the gifts to Who Ville.
Just as much as I like to learn girly stuff from my girls, I like teaching them guy stuff. I love it when Mollye says, “Daddy, can we go get on the Cat?” This winter, Mollye and I had to clear some new roads with the dozer and she sat in my laps for 2 hours. Just watching, talking to me, learning how to operate it, and just plain having fun (really though, who doesn’t think sitting in a dozer pushing over trees isn’t fun?).
At the yard, she always wants to get on the man lift and take it up high in the air (probably way higher than what mama approves). I love answering her questions when she is in the shop asking about this boat and that boat. Her curiosity about mechanical things is awesome. Do not get me wrong though, Mollye is still really really girly. Even Mallory shares the same curiosity. If Kim is dropping them off and I am on the yard loader, Mallory is handed up to me and rides in my lap as we move boats around. I can feel her having fun. Her eyes are all perked up and smiling. I am pretty sure I have the biggest grin on my face also! If I am working on a boat in the shop Mallory is in her wheelchair right next to the guys and me. Just watching and taking it all in. I make sure if we are trying to figure something out to ask her opinion as well.
5. The reach of those little hands.
This is probably one of my biggest loves, the touch of their hands. Just this morning when I was taking Mallory to school I put my hand over by her car seat and she reached her little hand to mine to hold my finger. Talk about making a daddy melt and putting a smile on my face, that always gets me!
This afternoon Mollye and I went to the grocery store to get Kim some flowers and when we got out of the truck she naturally reaches up to hold my hand in the parking lot. To me, it is more than just making sure she stays by my side for safety, it is the touch of her little hand and mine. My hand closes around her hand completely in the same sense I will protect her and her sister from anything (that goes for mama too). I know that Mollye and Mallory feel a sense of security when they holding my hand or finger. In the same way they sense security, I feel the love, I am reminded of what is important to me, I am reminded of my massive responsibilities of being a daddy to two beautiful, blonde-haired, little girls. I can feel their warmth, purity, and innocence through their hands and know that I will do anything and everything to protect them. As much as I want to be all manly, those little hands can bring me to my knees every time. That touch can bring tears of happiness to my eyes in an instant.
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