My dad is a unique character. If any of you know him, you know this statement is true. But one thing that makes him even more unique? He is surrounded by girls!
If you don't believe me, continue reading:
In 1984 my mom and dad welcomed my older sister, Kali Shannon, into this world.
Shortly after, in 1986, they welcomed me: Kelsey Lynae.
|Probably around 1988…but my thumb is in 2013, please don't mind it|
Since that time, my dad was forced to be around dresses, ponytails, baby dolls, and curly hair. Not to mention lots and lots of talking… and questions…and wondering…and stories…and more talking. Girls like to talk.
|In the strawberry patch with Grandpa A.J.|
Girls meant tiarras and bows and frills.
But my dad soon figured out, it could also mean other things: like hunting, and sports, and dirt, and exploring, and bugs.
|With my bug catcher…even though it was pink.|
|Kali digging for worms|
|Can't you just tell I was an outdoors woman?|
|Exploring with Dad and Grandpa. Holy head of hair. And check out the wash on my dad's jeans!|
When anyone would "feel sorry" for my dad at his plight of having no boys, he would respond:
"The only thing better than having one girl is having TWO girls."
And then, in case he hadn't had enough dress up and tea parties to attend, my mom started in home daycare. Little did we know this would actually mean we were extending our family, but soon it grew by two more girls:
|Paige and Torri probably around '98?|
This gave Dad the opportunity to recruit more couch-cushion hunters, more backyard Davy Crockets, but also surrounded him with more pigtails and prom dresses:
|I forgot to rotate this but…Paige with her first deer. Made "Buddy" proud|
Dad got to go to more softball games, more basketball games, and find camo to fit two more girls. He also had to watch as two little girls grew into two beautiful young women and become surrounded by a little more makeup and high heels.
My sister became pregnant. We all anticipated the day she would find out the sex, most of us not so secretly hoping we could add another girl to the ranks.
And then we got the picture of Kali holding up a pink onesie, proclaiming that more high pitched giggles were in our future.
My dad could not have been happier.
We welcomed our sweet, smart, and spit-firing Caroline in 2009.
|Covered in pink, with a necklace around her neck, her Papa still made sure she understood the ways of the woods-- fire 101.|
Another pregnancy, another wait to find out the sex, and another phone call from my sister informing us that Caroline would be having a sister!
We welcomed our boisterous, adventerous, and fun-loving Ellie Kate in 2011.
It didn't take long for Ellie to be inundated with all things girl, because that is what we do best in our family:
|Having some tea during her first week of life|
|Of course, a pink sparkly My Little Pony also had to join them on the journey.|
|Ellie learning about fire.|
And wouldn't you know, it landed on GIRL! Dad nearly tackled me in a fit of excitement when we told him the news, barely containing his tears of happiness.
And so we welcomed another tiny pink bundle, and our inquisitive, dainty, and joyful Blythe Kathleen joined us in 2012.
|Papa thought he could just stick her in his pocket when he went to go cut wood one day, but I wouldn't let him.|
|Before she was even a month old, she got to get all dolled up for Torri's prom|
|And before we knew it, Papa was schooling Blythe as well.|
And so it came to be that my dad, who raised two girls, then was blessed to get to peripherally "raise" two more, became the grandfather of not one, but THREE, girls.
|Caroline, Ellie, Blythe|
He is, at times, requested to appear at balls and play school, or have his hair done in clips and bows. Tutus often surround him.
He has been baked lots of treats, that he has learned to eat with slurpy sounds and a pointed pinky. He is serenaded by high pitched voices, and greeted with painted fingernails.
The other day when my sister was here, my dad started rubbing his eye. He had Ellie on his hip, and was leaning over a crafting Caroline.
That's when we realized: he had a piece of glitter not only in his eye, but some in his hair, and more sprinkled in his mug of tea.
If ever there was a man built to be surrounded by girls, it is my dad.