"You are everything I ever wanted in a daughter."
I heard my husband speak those words today, and they took my breath away. I paused to watch what they did to her.
She found his gaze. A slow smile. A nod. A kiss. And then she was gone, on to living life, which meant at that moment lunch and Phineas and Ferb.
There was no big reaction because there was not a new revelation. Just quiet confidence that Dad still felt the way he has always felt, assurance that comes from knowing you are as loved as you have always been.
But, my heart has been contemplating the many, many grown women who are still walking around wondering what their dads think of them, wondering what it would be like to experience the embrace of approval that has never come.
And so, today, if that's you, you need to know something.