Sunday, June 21, 2009

I Am Indeed A Violin

"She'll pull you out on the river - she's gussied up like sin,
You got jack all squat - you're a violin
And you're gonna get played until the money's all gone
Dearly beloved, the fix is on..."

- "The Fix Is On" by Peter Mulvey, from the album The Knuckleball Suite

Yes, it's true, no matter how much I try to deny it.

I am a violin.

How do I know this? My daughter is a master violinist, and doesn't really know it yet. She plays me like nobody can, I'm powerless to stop it. It's like I'm Superman (don't laugh, please) and she is like this three and a half foot tall, almost five-year old block of kryptonite that has legs and can wheedle better than God.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm almost ten times older than her, I'm bigger/stronger/faster than her. I am adult with a job and rent and I can vote and drink beer anytime I want and drive* anywhere anytime...yet, somehow I can't resist the force of nature that is my Wee Lass.

I could say its because I just can't stand to hear whining, in any way shape or form. Especially that dentist-drill-in-the-form-of-a-kids-voice that so many of the kiddies are able to inflict on the world**. I could say its because the little kids are cute-cuddly-the-future-of-the-humna-race-blah-blah-blah...I could even say its because I am just a weenie who cannot muster the cojones to say no, just because I am the dad and I said so. And these are significant reasons why I am a violin.

But...the real reason is...I look at my daughter and she looks back at me with those impossibly beautiful eyes of hers and she smiles or does the "Happy Dance" and I say something that makes her laugh, and ohmygawd that laugh, that laugh can launch ships and cure the sick and it makes me want fall to my knees and kiss her feet because, because, because...

...she's my big pretty girl and I am dumbstruck***, in awe, totally flummoxed and grateful that I can be in her presence and know that I had something to do with bringing her into the world.

And that makes me a truly lucky man.

Happy Father's Day, to all the dads out there. Let us bow our heads and give thanks!

*But not when I've been drinking. That would be balls up stupid. Don't do it.
**Of course, that's why we have earphones. And beer.
***Some would just say "dumb" and leave it at that. Sigh.

For further proof that my name should probably be "Stradivarius", please check out more Wee Lass chronicles here and here. You'll see what I mean!


ChocDrop said...

That was beautiful. Love to hear those kind of views from men.

Happy Father's day HOT DADS

The Exception said...

This brought tears from my eyes. i am quite the daddy's girl myself (even though I am nearly 40). It is the life that I wanted for my daughter and the life I was unable to give her as her dad has kept her a secret from his life for 10 years.

I LOVE that there are men out there, like you, that love their kids - their daughters and their sons...

Happy Father's Day and thank you for this post!

Cathy said...

Sweet! You are the daddy that all little girls deserve.

You are the daddy that she will measure all men against and those men are going to have a lot to live up to.

Happy Father's Day!

Anonymous said...

Ah my gah. Nothing is sexier than a man who swoons for his little girl. Yum. Happy Father's Day hot dads!

Judy Lewd said...

good dad's are hotter than hot. they're smokin

happy fathers day hot dads!

Irish Gumbo said...

(blush) well, shucks, y'all...She really does make me want to be a better man.

Thank you all for your kind words!

Barefoot Dreamer said...

so funny, cute, wonderful, emotional, sappy, strong... hmm what else - good!

Kat said...

You're such a sap, IG ;)

Irish Gumbo said...

@BD: Thank you!

@Kat: Dammit, you're right...I'm doomed :)

TentCamper said...

Well, shit! I guess that makes me a broken violin...cuz I only fold sometimes...but then again I have 6 little ones trying to play me all the time.

Happy Father's Day!!!!

Great post.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

K... that has to be the cutest thing written to date.


My daughter has the same effect on her Father... it's cute until they work against me!

M said...

That was just too sweet!!

Happy Father's Day to all the Hot Dads!

Not a soccer mom said...

That is such a sweet thing, a tribute to your relationship with your daughter as a fathers day post. I love you!--er i love this post

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