She has Grandpa, in Wisconsin, world traveler extraordinare. He lives far away but we always know he's thinking about Harper. Who else would bring her not one, but two pairs of "squeaky shoes" from China? Who else picks up the perfect size handmade dress in Hungary? And, when we do visit, who else is willing to go up and down, up and down, up and down the condo stairs with her, over and over again? Harper will always know Grandpa loves her and has her in his thoughts and prayers.
(Harper in her dress from Grandpa)
Here in Dayton, Harper is lucky to see Dziatku many times in most weeks. Dziatku is always good for taking Harper for a walk when she's just had it with the restaurant high chair. Dziatku lets Harper play in the dirt and rocks at his condo. Dziatku always shares his desserts and is never afraid to get on the floor and just be silly with Harper.
And then, of course, there's Daddy. As Harper grows she will learn that her dad is dedicated, loyal, and loving. He will always be ready to dance in the kitchen, play at the park, share his beanbag chair, and turn Harper upside down. She will grow to learn that Daddy is about as much fun as they come and will always try to make her smile. She will also learn that her daddy cares for her deeply and will always be ready to listen to her troubles and triumphs. He will help make sure she never takes life too seriously.
Harper will come to learn that he will proudly display her crafty gifts.
Today is the day we celebrate fathers, and someday she will be able to use her own words to tell Daddy, Grandpa, and Dziatku just how very loved they are.