Happy “Valentimes”!

16 Feb

IHeartElsie_1stValentinesMy Valentine’s Day didn’t need cards or candy, and it definitely didn’t include a candlelit dinner. It actually featured an unplanned doctor’s office visit and a couple of 4-year-old vomiting episodes, but it was still the best ever in all of my, um, 30 years or so.

That’s because last week God blessed me with another beautiful Lee Lady! While the male voting block continues to shrink in my house (it’s now 3 vs. 1), my heart has never felt so full.

I am at a loss for words way too often for a man who makes his living with them. On the other hand, it has made me a greater appreciator — and borrower — of other people’s quotes. Here are some wonderful ones about babies, fathers and the awesome daddy-daughter dynamic:

• “Every child begins the world again.” — Henry David Thoreau (from the photo book of our precious princess above)

• “There is nothing more special on Earth than observing your children loving each other!! You are in for a treat.” — Greg, the world’s greatest brother and father of three girls

• “I am a great writer because when I was a little girl and walked into a room where my father was sitting, his eyes would light up. That is why. There isn’t any other reason.” — Toni Morrison

• “She’ll make you a small fortune, but you have to start with a big one.” — my Uncle Bud on the marry-ability of his daughter (or perhaps all three of them)

• “There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” — John Gregory Brown

• “The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.” — Garrison Keillor

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One Response to “Happy “Valentimes”!”

  1. John February 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m just as impressed that Uncle Bud has been immortalized on the internet.

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