I echo the words of fellow Southwesterner Ched Spellman on having a little girl:

I’ve known for a while that having a daughter has turned me into a sap of sorts. One of the early warning signs that I noticed was when I started to actually listen to the sappy-sentimental father/daughter songs that I used to gloss over or turn off with a not so smoothly disguised rolling of the eyes.

Then there’s Justin Holcomb’s top ten reasons why a daughter needs a dad (from Lang’s book):

  1. to show her that true love is unconditional
  2. to teach her that her value as a person is more than the way she looks
  3. to teach her that family is more important than work
  4. to show her that a man can be trustworthy
  5. to be the safe spot she can always turn to
  6. to teach her that a man’s strength is not the force of his hands or his voice, but the kindness of his heart
  7. to be the standard against which she will judge all men
  8. to help her take risks that will build her confidence
  9. to hold her when she cries
  10. to teach her she is important by stopping what he is doing to watch her

Okay, I need to stop before I get a sinus infection…