For about a month now, I’ve been taking Princess M to the bus stop in the morning. My wife use to take her in the morning and I would pick her up in the afternoon. Now that it’s cold and wet, I get to stand outside every morning and afternoon. Thanks a lot, honey.
Actually, I don’t mind. I kinda of like it. First, I get to spend a little time with my daughter…just her and me…with no little brother or sister around to distract us. Second, we actually hold hands while we walk the two blocks to the bus stop. This is how I always imagine our relationship would be. Daddy and his little Princess, walking hand in hand. It makes me feel special and very lucky.
This has not always been the case. Just last year, Princess M was in her “my dad is an ogre and I’m too embarrassed to be seen with him” stage. When I use to drive her to and from afternoon kindergarten, Princess M use to run off as soon as she got out of the car. Heaven forbid if she should be seen with the ogre. She kept her distance from me while she waited to be let into the kindergarten area. I felt like Shrek, the red-nosed ogre, and my little girl wouldn’t let me play any ogre games.
It wasn’t any better when Princess M was a toddler and she was in her “I’m a bag of groceries and need to be carried” stage. She was not embarrassed to be seen with me, but I was required my law to carry her everywhere. We didn’t go on walks, hand in hand. I went on walks while carrying her. When I got tired and tried to put her down, she would either retract her legs or she would wrapped her legs around my leg. Then there were the playgrounds and birthday parties. Princess M’s idea of playing was having me carry her while we followed the other kids everywhere. That was a hoot.
Thank goodness Princess M outgrew those earlier stages. I think she’s at the right stage now. She’s independent, walks on her own two feet, and is not embarrassed to hold hands with me. Let’s call this the “Daddy and his little Princess” stage. I hope this stage lasts for a long time because I’m lovin’ it.