The Wish

These past couple of weeks has been filled with a lot of emotion for my family and I. There have been several milestones reached, including my daughters first day of school. I thought I would share this image with you as it is one of my favorites and evokes a lot of sentiment. I call it “The Wish”:

I often wonder what she is thinking. How does she feel? Does she think I’m a good Daddy? In this image however, I can only ask, what did she wish for? Was it a toy, a puppy, world peace? I might never know and that’s okay, because my wife and I instructed her not to tell anyone. It is her secret wish and should be held close to her heart.

While this secret desire might never be shared with me I do have a wish for my daughter. That is for her to love. Love everything you do, love the people you are with. Show your emotions when you deem it necessary, because you may not have another chance to do it. This life is very complicated, but much more enjoyable when you truly love. I am a person full of emotion and I know I am more interesting when I am capable of showing that emotion. Unfortunately, society often makes me stifle that side of my personality. I want my daughter to be stronger than I, and not have to withhold anything. It is true, emotion makes you vulnerable, but without failure there is no progress, without risk there is no reward and without love there is no life. This is my wish for my daughter, but this one is not a secret and as soon as I feel she can understand it I will share it with her!

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