Our 13-year-old daughter just competed in the USATF State Meet for Indiana this past weekend. She did great and qualified in 3 of her 4 events for the USATF Regional Meet which gives her the chance to compete in the Junior Olympics (here is a video of her winning her 400m heat).
As my wife and I were running around getting stuff in the car and getting her to the track, we briefly discussed how great it is that she is at the “drop off” stage. The stage where we can drop her off, and she will be able to get where she needs to be, and do what she needs to do.
Of course, as a dad, as I watched her compete and the other boys and girls compete, from age seven to age 17. I realized one day, sooner rather than later, she’ll be driving herself to her meets, other activities, and even being picked up for dates.
It made me think of daddy-daughter dates when she was younger. Those days seem distant now, and I feel like I didn’t get enough of them. Those first dates, and time spent, are actually the most important. Especially the first date, which is the most important date ever.
We should make a really big deal of these first dates, as one dad did in the viral video below. He did a great job on his first date. Watch the video to see what I’m talking about.
Men, were you your daughter’s first date?
Ladies, was your dad your first date?