She Has No Idea How Loved She Is

The animated and believable way in which she can tell a story about fictional princesses who can fly and who also turn into magical mermaids with super strength.

She has no idea how loved she is.

When she bats her eyes and asks for five more minutes of colouring before bed, after I’ve already given her five more minutes three times.

She has no idea how loved she is.

When she gives me the twentieth drawing she’s done that day and says, “This one’s just for you, daddy”.

She has no idea how loved she is.

Having to scold her when she’s misbehaved, because that’s my job as her father, but having it hurt so much to do so.

She has no idea how loved she is.

Listening to her beautiful voice sing when she thinks no one is listening.

She has no idea how loved she is.

Getting lost in her eyes as she recounts her day.

She has no idea how loved she is.

The way she instinctively plays with my hair while I read her bedtime story.

She has no idea how loved she is.

The passionate way in which she loves her friends and family, and at such a young age.

She has no idea how loved she is.

Watching her play “family” with her dollies and all I can think about is that someday those dolls will be real people.

She has no idea how loved she is.

The pride in her eyes when she does something she’s never done before.

She has no idea how loved she is.

Her career choice, when asked: Superstar

She has no idea how loved she is.

The way she understands and practices compassion for others.

She has no idea how loved she is.

It’s my little girl’s birthday today and yet I feel like I’m the one who got the greatest gift. Happy Birthday, Baby!

12 replies
  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl! I often think the same thing about my son – he has no idea how loved he is. There are so many times a day that I just look at him and think how lucky I am to have such a sweet little boy in my life.

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  2. daniel
    daniel says:

    The one thing that comes across in all your twitter tweets, facebook updates, blog posts, etc. – how much you love your kids. She may have no idea, but it’s not for lack of trying on your part. I say this not in any mean way, but to merely say II think it is very cool that you love your kids so much and are not ashamed to show it in every way possible.

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    • Chris Read
      Chris Read says:

      Thank you, Daniel. I used to be someone who would never share my feelings and it ended up driving me to severe anxiety, so I’ve changed my ways and am proud to express the love I have for my family now.

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  3. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    This is awesome!! Isn’t it such a great feeling?! My little girl will be turning 4 this year also, so I TOTALLY relate to everything you are saying!

    I feel ya 10,000% on the scolding thing too…it’s something you hate doing, but have to sometimes.

    Wishing you and your daughter a great day today! Enjoy every moment of it…as I’m sure you will!

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  4. Christine
    Christine says:

    Happy Belated Birthday to your princess. She truly is one of the sweetest little girls I’ve ever met. She’s absolutely precious! What a beautiful post! You made me cry.

    She has no idea how loved she is.

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