It’s kinda fun to hear my kids talk about how they feel so old. Imagine how old I must be if my baby is 28 years old! Danae was the one who first called me Daddy. When I think of her as a little girl, so many little stories pop into my mind. One evening carrying her on my shoulders when she was just about 2 years old, she said, “I see the moon. I find the moon!” It’s one of those things that I remember fondly, but I could never in a million years explain why. If you don’t get it, just roll your eyes and move along.
One of my favorite Danae stories was when she was about 5 or 6. I was looking closely into her face and scolding her about something. Our eyes were locked so I could sense that she was experiencing the fear and respect I desired. After a minute or so of fussing, she just crossed her eyes. She was no more listening to me than the man in the moon. I burst out laughing and asked her how in the world I was supposed to be upset with her when she did things like that. Jeanie and I struggled with how to punish Danae. She didn’t mind at all when we sent her to her room. We could put her in time-out on her bed by herself with no books or toys and she would be just fine with it. It was not at all unpleasant for her. She had (and still has) such an active imagination!
Danae has been such a joy in my life. She and I share so much in common that it is scary sometimes. Not too long ago, we were riding in her car and she played a piece of music for me from the movie, Hook. She was pointing out some complex harmonic elements and how they reminded her of something. I understood her and I heard it too. Then I heard something in the music that reminded me of Stravinsky. When I said so, she heard it too. I don’t know that we had ever connected so completely about music as we did that day.
My role in Danae’s life has grown from being her “daddy” to her friend and coach. I love it when she calls to tell me what’s going on, to ask for my advice or just to vent about something. Now that she’s the mom of my granddaughter (did you think I could write a blog about Danae without mentioning Molly), and such a terrific mom! It just gets better and better.
Happy Birthday Danae. I love you so much. I am so very glad that I get to be your dad.