Isn't it interesting how certain seemingly unremarkable events from your childhood stand out in your memory? For me, one of those events recalls my dad's thoughtfulness.
Growing up,we didn't go out to eat a whole lot - certainly not as much as we do with our children. There were four of us kids, so even a fast-food meal wasn't exactly cheap. I believe we were headed somewhere on a trip and had gone through the drive-through at McDonald's to get lunch, my dad placing the order for all of us. We pulled over into a parking space to divvy up the food before continuing down the road. Somehow the food I received wasn't what I had ordered. I mentioned that I had gotten the wrong sandwich and, while it wasn't what I had wanted, I could have eaten it. However, I remember my dad taking the time to get out of the car, walk back into the restaurant, stand in line and get the food I had requested.
The neatest thing is to see that same quality in my husband when he deals with our girls. Last night, our eight-year-old had left some books in the car and headed out to the garage to get them. I was busy in the kitchen when she came right back in saying it was too dark and she didn't want to go out there by herself. My answer was to tell her to go on out there and just turn on the light and get her books. Yet her dad, overhearing the conversation, walked out there with her and turned the light on for her. Such a small thing, but he took the time to stop what he was doing and help her out.
Both stories are about a dad showing his love for his daughter by doing something that may seem insignificant at the time, yet cultivates that special father-daughter relationship, which is a finer thing indeed!
This post is linked to Finer Things Friday and Family Friday.