Sammi's mom has been gone now for a while. It has been really hard on Sammi to be without her so I've been trying to pick up the slack as much as I can and try and help make her mom's absence in Sammi's day to day activities go a little smoother. I've learned how to braid her hair, I've made time to do arts and crafts with her after school, I lay down with her at bedtime and tell her stories, I paint her nails, etc...
Last night while getting her into her pajamas after her bath, Sammi looked up at me and gave me a huge hug.
Sammi (squeezing me tight): "Thank you Daddy!"
Me (taken aback): "For what?"
Sammi: "You make a pretty good Mommy - but you are a great Daddy..."
I know that there will be times as she races towards adolescence that we will butt heads and have our little arguments and fights. I just hope that during those times when I start to feel unappreciated, that I will remember just how wonderful and 'appreciated' she made me feel with a simple hug and a 'thank you' last night.