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“Dinner and a Movie”

March 11, 2010 by  

Kat and the boys were out of town for a work/family doubleheader in Baltimore last weekend.  That left me and our daughter…alone…together…to do as we pleased.  I was on a business trip on the West Coast for the entire week prior, so it was the perfect opportunity for some daddy/daughter bonding.

When was the last time this daddy and daughter duo had any extended time together alone?  Was it before #2 of 4 came along?  If so, was it for an hour?  We had TWO FULL DAYS to hang out and enjoy each others’ company.

We decided on a Saturday evening dinner-and-a-movie date.  If I learned one thing last weekend, it’s that she is DEFINITELY her mother’s daughter.  I couldn’t believe how similar my date with our daughter was to previous dates with Kat.  To detail some of the similarities:

  • My date did NOT want me to see her outfit prior to going out
  • My date did NOT want me to see her hair prior to going out
  • My date spent a significant amount of time in the bathroom, moaning and groaning about her hair, prior to going out
  • My date changed her mind 5 times on her entree prior to ordering
  • My date continually took the best bites of the dessert, leaving me with what is usually left on the plate when the server take it away (is that called “Dessert Gristle”?)
  • My date finished off nearly all of her candy before the previews ended
  • My date was in bed by 9:00, leaving me to watch college basketball, alone, on the couch

Kat & Co. were late coming home Sunday as well, and that gave us an entire 2nd day together.  We hit another restaurant for Sunday dinner, then rented a movie.  It’s pretty safe to say that I may never get another weekend alone with her.  How many chances will we have over the next 10 years, with dance competitions, football practices, weekend getaways, and fundraisers getting in the way of ANY one-on-one time?  I couldn’t help but think of my little girl (hopefully) 20 years from now, on a date that will mean more to her than she realizes at this time.  Some 8-year-old boy out there has NO idea what he’s in for in his older years.  His date is going to drive him crazy with all of the chit-chat, the lack of dessert, and in my perfect world, her falling asleep before anything happens!  And – if she is truly ‘just like her mom’ – he will love every minute of it…

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7 Responses to ““Dinner and a Movie””
  1. This post was just too funny! It is so cute how some things are just innate with women. If I ever have a little girl I’m sure my hubby will feel the same way about taking her out!


  2. Aw, this post is so sweet! And I totally steal the best parts of dessert. (Though I do feel slightly guilty about it!)


  3. stu pidasso says:

    If those moments mean that much (and they do to me with my daughter), consider letting her cut school on the rare occasions to get a day alone with her daddy. It will mean the world for her in the future.



  4. Emmy says:

    So fun that you got to have a good daddy daughter weekend. And are you sure your wife didn’t add that last line. 😉

    So sweet!


  5. Lydia B says:

    In a house full of siblings, it was hard to get one-on-one time with my Dad. But on very rare occasions my dad would take me with him to pay bills. I loved being able to sit in the front seat beside him. With older siblings that never happened. It was the back seat, the back 3rd seat of a station wagon or sometimes in the bed of our truck.(Boy does that sound bad). Our trips would either end at McCools Dinner or Princes Pastry’s bake shop. I would feel like an only child on those days. We would talk about swimming and making camps.
    Steal time away from the busy world for your Daddy/daughter dates. It matters so much.


  6. This was such a sweet post! I really loved the comparisons to Kat. She’s so fabulous, and any daughter of her’s will most definitely be one glam girl! Great story, and good job on the weekend!


  7. I love this post!! One of the reasons I find my house full of boys easier to parent… lol!!

    Thanks for visiting me at All That and a Box of Rocks. (http://lisaschaffer.blogspot.com) I am your newest follower!


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