A Bittersweet Smile

Today, I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and I chose this prompt:

2. Something that made you smile this week.

Every Friday evening, Motor Man, his mom, Marshall and I have a mother-son double date. We usually either go to Outback or Cracker Barrel. Last Friday evening, we went to Outback.

Soon after we were seated, a couple came in and were seated across the aisle from us. But this wasn’t an ordinary couple. This was a dad and his daughter. She looked to be around 10 years old.

Dad had brought her to Outback to celebrate Valentine’s Day. My first clue was that he carried a single long-stemmed rose, wrapped as from a florist.

He was dressed not in jeans, but casual slacks and a dress shirt. His daughter was wearing a dress, boots and tiny (age appropriate) dangling earrings.

Dad soon helped her off with her sweater, and took a couple of pictures of her with his cell phone.  I contemplated going over to ask if I could take a photo of them together, then decided that’s what I should do.

He was very appreciative.  I took a couple of pictures of them, and he thanked me several times.

After I was seated back at our booth, Dad took a picture of her holding her rose. Then he gave her a Valentine card.

Thankfully, the dad had his back to us, so he couldn’t see me watching them, smiling and thinking what a wonderful, loving, attentive father he must be.

My dad died before I knew him. And, although my mom easily gave me the love of two people, there have been many times through the years that I longed to have a dad in my life.

That feeling isn’t nearly as strong as it was when I was a child, but, seeing that dad with his little girl Friday evening brought back that longing….just for a little while.



~These Days Of Mine~

23 responses to “A Bittersweet Smile

  1. You would have been the apple of Daddy’s eye.

  2. Oh your mother raised you so well. What a thoughtful gesture to take a picture of both of them.

  3. Such a touching moment. And you made it even more special.

  4. What a wonderful story of love made personal. 🙂

  5. That made me teary eyed. I miss my Daddy—I did have him for 34 years but that wasn’t nearly long enough. Thanks for the sweet story today.

  6. Beautiful! Though Daddy was alive during my child and teen years, his drinking took away any fatherness, I still wish I had the father like the one you described. Love you, Barb

  7. Sweet – so Sweet. You made me teary this morning. You have such a way of telling a story and what a thoughtful thing – to think of taking a picture and then actually doing it. Sounds like something my hubby would do with our girls. My Dad did a similar thing for our girls – he gave them a pink rose corsage for Easter while they were growing up. I miss him.

  8. It’s nice to hear stories that make you smile. His little girl will remember that day forever. Something that made me smile this week was hearing the heartbeat of my son’s baby! I’m going to be a grandma!

  9. What a lovely story! When I was a little girl, daddy would sometimes take me to Richmond with him in the big truck to pick up product for his grocery store. This was down in the Shockoe Valley area. We would go to breakfast and then all sorts of different places where he would be candy, tobacco products, produce, etc. So, thanks for this story and the reminder of these special times with my daddy.

  10. So well done and very, very touching!

  11. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    First of all, I think it is so special that you have a Mother & Son double date. Such fun and so very special! Second, thanks for sharing the story at Outback. I too did not have a special relationship with my Daddy because of his drinking, so I can relate to Barb. That little girl is truly blessed ❤

  12. It’s so cool Dads to date nights these days. I wish that had been an in thing when I was a kid.

  13. You have such a big heart, Dianna. How special you made her feel and how touched he was that you noticed his love & attention to her. Thinking of you and understanding the pinch you feel for “what could have been… ”


  14. I agree with Shirley on your double dates. How sweet of you to offer to take photos of the Dad and daughter.

  15. jenpiercedwonderings

    How incredibly special to see! I lost my father to mental illness long before he was actually gone so I knew that those kinds of things weren’t ever meant to be. It’s a beautiful thing – fathers showing their daughters how men are supposed to behave.

  16. I love it when daddies take their daughters on ‘dates.’ It’s such a special time and forms a special bond. And it does give those girls a good role model of the kind of man they should marry. You’re such a sweet lady for offering to take their photos together. 🙂

  17. This is so touching and personal. I grew up without a father as well and this takes me back to those years when my mom raised me.

    It seems that everyone at the Writer’s Workshop is up for smiles this week. This is the fourth I’ve read with regards this prompt.

  18. That was so nice of you to offer to take their picture! And I love that you and your son have dinner dates. I hope my son still loves me that much when he’s grown!!

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