The Sad Goodbye

No matter how many times we do this, saying “goodbye” to my daughter never gets any easier.

Sure…this trip had some trials and tribulations. Sure…she’s an 11-year-old trying to be an 18-year-old.  Sure…she’s got pre-teen angst and all that stuff.

Last pic with Rugrat at the airport: 08-25-10

But at the end of the day, I love my daughter dearly.  She means the world to me and having her here…if only for two weeks…made me feel a bit more fulfilled as a parent.

I know I’m a good dad.  I’ve worked very hard to become that  over the past four years since Ankle Biter has been born.  I know she knows that I’m a good dad.  So at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters to me.

She’ll always be daddy’s little girl.

Rugrat's plane on the tarmac: 08-25-10

But I can’t lie…she’s certainly a handful.

😛

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4 thoughts on “The Sad Goodbye

  1. I think it is so amazing that your blogger friends donated money so that Rugrat could have this holiday with
    you.
    Must be really kinda sad only seeing your daughter once or twice a year…
    Is there any way you could take a weekend during the year to go and visit her? I bet that would really make her feel special that you would take the effort to do that. And there are seat sales and things that in some ways may only add up to as much as driving a few weekends to Halifax and back ….
    I know how loved I would feel if my dad made that special effort for me.Also would be fun for her to show you her places in her town….her school,etc

    Anyways none of my business at all, but had this thought flashing through my mind as I read your sweet g-bye
    post about her.

  2. I couldn’t be more thankful to my blog readers for allowing me the amazing opportunity of spending two weeks with my daughter. Now that my vacation is over and bills are back to getting prioritized, the bloggers who loaned will be getting their money back as soon as I can afford.

    I’ve considered the idea of traveling to Toronto myself because yes, it would be cheaper in terms of flight. Accommodations, though, wouldn’t be quite so cheap.

    I even asked Rugrat a few months ago what she would rather have and she wanted to come down to visit instead of me coming to see her. Looking at the financial options, we’ll have to wait and see what I’ll be doing next year.

    1. Oh I am not sure that your friends want you to pay ’em back….I had the impression this was a gift to father and daughter to be able to spend some precious time together after so many months apart!

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