Bridal Walk is what I always look forward in every wedding project that I handle. Next to it is the Father and Daughter dance which both make me cry every time. This blog was triggered when my recent bride, Kristine, made an ordinary Father-Daughter dance tradition extra special for the event, and most especially for the man who taught her how to love.
This big day has come and I know there is so much I wanted to say…
Today would be a special day and its going to be full of sentiments, and I know you will be the one person who will experience bittersweet emotions. Although it’s the happiest day for both of us, it also comes with a heavy heart because you’re finally giving me away.
In just few hours, I would become someone’s wife. My surname would change but my first name will always reflect my identity as your daughter, as some will say, “Anak ni Boy yan!” But just because I will be married doesn’t mean I won’t be your little girl anymore. You will be forever my first love, the first man in my life I am truly blessed to be the daughter of almost perfect Dad. A great provider, generous, fun, loving, caring, most respected and an absolute CHEF- all rolled into one. I am what I am today only because your presence and guidance together with Mommy.
My childhood and grown up years have the most beautiful phase of my life. You and Mommy gave me all the freedom to do whatever I wished to do. I always remember, you carrying me from to sofa to our bed whenever I fell asleep from playing or studying and you will always call me Krokok.
Every birthday comes special because you both wanted to have a party for me. I remember when I had my debut. You and Mom asked me if I wanted to have a party or just the atypical debutant with 18 roses and 18 candles. But you gave me more because that’s the time I had my very first car, a “Honda Civic VTEC.” A party is enough but you gave me even more. And I thank you for that.
Thank you for the trust, for guiding me, for giving me wings to fly, for showing me the right way, for looking out after me because up until this time, you still manage to check up on me and asked me if how my day was, or if I am all at home already. Thank you for that Daddy.
In my 38 years of existence, I am not ashamed of kissing you and Mom whenever I leave the house, and I will still do it over and over again. Earlier, as we walk down the aisle. I felt like I was reliving every minute, my memories from childhood to teenager to adulthood flashed by. Every minute we had ever shared together, I could say that it was the best walk of my entire life.
Just because I will be married it doesn’t mean I won’t be your little girl. A dad is a daughter’s first love. The man who will be waiting at the end of the aisle for me will be someone who loves me, knows my worth and will never stop making sure I am happy. I know this because, chances are, he will be a lot like you. And today, as I see my would- be husband, I wish and pray that he should be like you. His love for me should be unconditional, true and pure. He should accept me as I am and should be more with me at every phase of our lives, like you did.
My heart is heavy not sorrow but with pure happiness. My eyes are full not with tears but with beautiful dreams because from now on, I will have two families to share my joy and bliss with. I know we won’t be together from now on Daddy, but I will always be your daughter. You and Mom will always be in my heart, my thoughts and prayers. I promise that I will be with you and Mommy whenever you need me, but this time with my husband, Jay.
Now, I want you to promise me that you won’t miss me, and that you will always take care of yourself and Mommy. I am always praying to God to bless you with good health and longer life to live so you can still take care of your “Apos”. Daddy, please always smile whenever you think of me and please love me the same way as you did, but this time multiple by two.
I want to let you know that I love you so much and I am forever be grateful and blessed to have you as my Dad. Our family is not perfect as we also have ups and downs, but you still tried very hard to possibly provide the best life we could have. I always admire, you in everything you do and by far you are the most influential person in my life. You are an amazing and outstanding father for you were able to give me the best education, you give us roof over our heads, food in our stomach. You gave us more than what we need t survive. Thank you for everything you have done Daddy.
As what I have been writing in my special message during Father’s Day: I promise that I will be there to hold your hand in the sunset of your life, just like you were there to hold my hand in the sunrise of my life.
No matter where I am now or how old I get, I will always love you and I will always be there for you.
Always your daughter, your Unica Hija, your little girl – Kristine
P.S. Do not forget my favorite Sinigang whenever were coming home
Not all children can reveal their hearts but everyone is given the opportunity to do so. For Kristine, she took the chance of sharing with us her grateful heart towards her father.
Truly, your father did great job to deserve such wonderful admiration and love from you, Kristine.
Thank you for this inspiration.