A Father-Daughter Conversation

Quote of the Day     “The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.”     –Sir Francis Bacon

I submit for your entertainment today, a real conversation that occurred, as exactly as TB can recount it, surrounding the events of bathtime and bedtime:

Daughter (almost two years old), singing in the tub–A,B,C,D,EFG,HIJK,LMNOP; RRS,TTV,Double-yoo, eht’s, y and z; abc’s….

Dad, runs for camera to finally catch the performance for posterity–hears daughter continuing to sing; returns with camera pointed at daughter and singing stops abruptly–<blank stare>

Daughter–<blank stare>

Dad–Aren’t you gonna keep singin?

Daughter–Sit down me?

Dad–Sing ABC some more.

Daughter–<blank stare>

Dad, relenting–You know, (singing) A,B,C,D,EFG….

Daughter, pointing earnestly–Belly Button

Dad, putting camera away–Why do you always do that to me?

Daughter, singing–A,B,C,D,EFG, etc

Dad–Oh, I know this game. You can’t fool me.


Dad, whipping camera out quickly–<filming>

Daughter–<Blank Stare>

Dad–Dadgummit. Well, I guess I’ll have to delete this one too.

Daughter–Get up?

Dad–Ready to go to sleep?

Daughter–Ok, Alrighhhhhht

Dad, giving kisses–I love you punkin.

Daughter, staring intently at Dad’s face–Ears.

Dad, helping daughter with pajamas–You sure were a good girl today. Did you have fun with Daddy?

Daughter–Cow. Moo. Kitty cat. Me-ow. Where is Mommy?

Dad, carrying daughter to bed–Say night night to bird and fish, and bear.

Daughter–Night night bird. Night night fish. Night night bear.

Dad–Night night Daddy?


Dad–say night night?


Dad–Okay night night sweetheart, see you tomorrow.

Daughter, studying her hands–Night night fingers.

Dad–<Big Smile>

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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11 Responses to A Father-Daughter Conversation

  1. Madd Dawg says:

    Soon she will want you to play school, tea party, restaurant, etc. 24/7, and I can never say no to my 4 year old girl. I am in serious trouble when she gets older.

  2. Jessie Lou says:

    Like they say, payback is hell! I hope I still know all of you when your daughters are dating. I had a boy but still the dating issues arose as did some other interesting social issues. For example his girlfriend in 11th grade stood up in class and announced that she was still sleeping with her ex-boyfriend – Yikes! That was a lovely afternoon in my office. The teacher was a good friend of mine and she called to check in and to tell the version of events from her POV. It was bad on her end all the way around. Luckily, on my end he conducted himself properly and removed himself from the premises. I got to help write the letter the put her in her place. My writing skills are excellent and can take many forms.

    Treasure those moments where both of you are now. Innocence is quickly lost in elementary school these days.

  3. coachteajay says:

    you need to now go buy him a box of condoms, a bottle of petron and cut him loose on all her friends, and the ex boyfriends sister….just my opinion

  4. OB says:

    TB, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I think they know what they want to say and how to say it, but they like to mess with our minds a bit.

    There are two books that my two year old really likes and they’re both puzzle books, in which the numbers and letters pull out to reveal pictures. Here’s a typical book reading:

    Page One:

    OB- Pulls out number one puzzle piece and reveals One owl.
    MC- Two Owl
    OB- No! One Owl!
    MC- Two Owl!
    OB- Blank Stare

    Page Two:

    OB- Pulls out number two puzzle piece and reveals two Deer.
    MC- Two Deer!
    OB- Wow! You’re doing great!

    Page Three:

    OB- Pulls out number three.
    MC- Three EEarrll.
    OB- Yes! Three Squirrels. That’s Great Mary Cate!

    Page Four:

    OB- Pulls out number four to reveal four dogs.
    MC- Two Owl!
    OB- Big Chuckle. No, Four dogs.
    MC- Four Doggies.

    Page Five:

    OB- Pulls out number five puzzle piece to reveal five bunny rabbits.
    MC- Five Bun Rabbbbit.
    OB- That was great Mary Cate! I’m so proud of you!
    MC- Two Owl!

  5. Smilyj17 says:

    My little boy and I used to have similar discussions. He’s 4 now. But at that age an example was;

    ME-Show me how you can count buddy.
    ME-Good. But 4 comes after 3. 1,2,3,4,5,6. See? Now, what comes after 3?
    ME-Good. Now. Count for me again.

    This would never stop until I gave up. I know he did it purposely and secretly thought it must have been hilarious.

    Now he’s good at taking crap apart. ANYTHING. Even my stuff. But not in front of me. I can watch him playi

  6. Smilyj17 says:

    Woops. Meant to say, I can watch him playing and he plays with stuff correctly. But, Leave the room for a minute, then come back…..Whatever he had is in pieces. This too I believe to be on purpose.

  7. Madd Dawg says:

    Sinpets of a recent conversation between me and my 4 year old girl:

    Child: The US federal govenment enact a program of loans and/or grants in order to rescue the Big 3 automakers because of the potential for massive job loss and the potentially devastating ripple effect those losses would have on the US economy.

    MD: But sweeatheart, such an expenditure of billions of US taxdollars would seriously undermine the entire capitalist nature of our economy which is designed to reward successful businesses and punish unsuccessful ones. Those three companies have all been horribly run and need massive restructuring. Knowing that these situations occur from time to time, we have established Bankruptcy Courts in this country which were specifically designed to address situations such as these. Plus, bailing those entities out now would make US businesses in the future not work as hard to be innovative and efficient as they would not have to fear failure because they would know that the government was going to bail them out—this would lead to a weakening of our entire economy on a long-term basis.

    Ahhhh, the innocence of youth. They are so cute when they are young.

  8. Madd Dawg says:

    C’mon TB, I get no reaction whatsoever from you to this complete highjacking!!!

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