Most people would be really confused if they drove by and saw this scene unfolding in a neighbor’s front yard, but for one mom, it was a scene that completely melted her heart. Outside, her husband had found a way to make a lime green pool noodle into two makeshift weapons and was dueling his daughter for everyone to see. He didn’t care who was watching or what they might think. He only cared about one thing, and his wife couldn’t grab her camera fast enough to snap this adorable candid photo.
I was cooking dinner and glanced out the window to see this. The pink helmet caught my eye and I couldn’t help but smile. I stood there for a few moments, watching them, and as I did I thought how lucky she is to have a Dad like him. One who will take the time to play with her, to make light sabers out of pool noodles, to over-exaggerate every move or put on a pink helmet just to make her laugh. How lucky she is to have a Dad who will pretend to let her win – even though she’s already won just by having him for a father in the first place. Not every daughter is blessed with a father like hers. My husband is a hard worker. He can fix just about anything. He is always ready to lend a hand to others in need. He’s a good listener with a great sense of humor. But what matters most of all is he is the kind of Dad who will wear the pink helmet.”
Being able to put your family first is an admirable quality, and in that moment, this dad put his daughter’s happiness above his pride. Others may have been too embarrassed to play with their child in the front yard – much less play pretend with pool noodles and bright pink helmets. This dad’s dedication to his family was immediately heartwarming, and thousands of people agreed: he’s amazing.
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