|Posted by Mandy Young on July 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM|
I have to say that I'm one of the luckiest girls in the whole wide world. If you have ever met either one of my parents then you know I'm truely blessed! God always knows what he is doing but He went far beyond when He picked my parents for me.
I still live with my parents but honestly I rarely see them. I basically just sleep at our house. I get up in the morning, I head to work and then once I get off there is always something to do, I normally get home around 10 or 11 and then I'm back in the bed to start the next day. So even though we might live under the same roof I don't really see them that often. But here's the awesome thing...I love my parents. They are awesome. I love that at 31 I love to be with my family. Every Saturday night my parents have mexican food for dinner and I sometimes get mad if I have plans and don't get to go with them and talk. I really just enjoy them. I look at typical 31 year olds who barely know or talk to their parents; and I feel sorry for them.
But one thing my dad started when Alex and I were young is daddy daughter dates. We always loved them and still do! So for Father's Day I plotted my own. In the 23 years that we have lived in Atlanta my dad has never been to The Fox Theater. (If you don't live around this area and don't know what it is you should look it up, it's awesome) My dad likes theater and doing different things so it's always shocked me that he hasn't been there. I have been there lots; shows, weddings, movies and that's actually where both of my Proms were. For his birthday back in April my mom bought us tickets to see Jersey Boys at The Fox. But our seats were so far back that he didn't even get to enjoy the Arabian sky line ceiling. Then along came Father's Day....so I looked up what was coming to town. One really cool thing that The Fox does during the summer is show movies, sometimes new sometimes old. And they were showing The Princess Bride (a classic). I knew he enjoyed that movie and thought it would be a fun night; so I bought tickets.
Last night my dad finally got to cash in his Father's Day gift. We went to Chow Baby for dinner, one of our favorites! Then headed over to the PACKED theater. We were able to find seats under the sky so that he could take it all in. I didn't really know that this movie was such a "cult" movie. There were people dressed in costume, the theater would recite the famous lines as the actors said them, and then the cheering and clapping during certain scenes! I loved it!! So much fun! I haven't seen this movie in over 15 years so I felt like I was going to see a movie I haven't seen before; but I LOVED seeing it with all these die hard Princess Bride fans! And I'm so excited about going to see a movie there that I love like that! But we had such a good night.
If you're a father and you have a daughter (or even a son) it's important to do things together. You don't have to do them all the time; maybe a couple of times a year. And it doesn't really matter what you do, it's about being together. And this is important for moms to do too. I have dinner with my mom a lot during the week (my dad works nights, so it's easier for us to see each other) but it's nice to sometimes have time like this with my dad. Plus after just losing my Bompa it is just another reminder how important relationships are (with my parents, sister, friends, extended family or just people I come in contact with on a day to day basis). Don't forget to cherish the time that you have with the people that God brings in to your life. They are in your life and you are in their life for a reason. Make the most of it!
Now to start planning our next Daddy Daughter date!