Remarks from the Father Daughter Dance

This past Friday, Saint Dominic Academy held its Father Daughter Dance at La Reggia in Secaucus, NJ. I was so very proud to be there with my father, and to be able to share some insights about dads and daughters with the room…

Good evening everyone and welcome to the Father Daughter Dance. This event, one of my favorites each year, is even more special to me this evening. Those of you who have been coming to this dance for years know that I always have my “favorite date”, my dad with me here. This evening, I am also lucky enough to have my daughter Abigail, who was so very excited to bring a “date” as well- her future father is here tonight too.

Watching her get ready for this event tonight, her smile as she thought about what she wanted to wear, her plans to dance with both her new dad and her beloved grandfather, made me realize that we all, as daughters, if we are lucky enough to have our dads and/or father figures with us from birth and in our lives daily- may, at times be guilty of taking our dads for granted. I’ll be perfectly honest, I KNOW I take my dad for granted at times and even though I am sorry for that, he and I both know that I’ll probably continue to do it from time to time. Habits that are 42 years old are very very hard to break. But, maybe seeing Abby’s excitement over having a dad in her life, will teach me to be a better daughter and to truly appreciate every single thing, big and small that my dad does for me on a daily basis.

And ladies, if I am going to practice what I preach, then you should as well. I won’t ask you to raise your hands, but how many of you were truly excited as you stood in front of your mirror at home getting ready? How many of you changed your dress or your hair or your lipstick, not to look good for your friends, but to look beautiful for your father? How many of you really took a moment to think just how lucky you are to be here tonight, on a date with the one man in your life who will love you unconditionally, who will do anything to make you happy, and who will protect and defend you at all costs? Did any of you truly think about that tonight? If I did, it was only fleetingly and I am sure that is the case for many of you.

That should not be the case- the men in this room tonight are our heroes- our quiet defenders, our strong silent cheerleaders, and their love for us is what makes us who we are today- strong, motivated women who want to change the world for the better. None of that would be possible without their guidance and support. You know it, I know it, and even Abigail knows it. No wonder she is so excited tonight- she’s still at that young age where a night out with dad is truly the “perfect date.” It should be that way for all of us tonight, and any night we get to spend with our fathers.

So, tonight, maybe keep the phones in your purses, stop looking at your Instagram stories, and enjoy the company of the best man in your life. 

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