I haven't figured this out yet . . .
My wife tells me that little girls like to have their hair brushed. I was surprised when I found out that was indeed true, at least with my daughter, because I had a sister growing up and don’t recall this fact about her. I played with my sister a lot when we were kids and not once did she ask me to brush her hair. Now that I have a daughter, I get to do it, though that job is sometimes stolen from me, as you can see. I always look forward to doing the brushing because . . . I don’t know, that seem like something dads can do with their daughters.
The father-daughter relationship is still relatively new to me and the only way to understand this relationship, I think, is if you have a child of the opposite sex. It’s different. I know what it’s like to be a little boy, and I know what my relationship with my father was like, and how I want my son’s relationship to be with me. I’d always wanted to have a girl because I knew that it would be different.
Playing with my son is a way to relive my childhood and also to live vicariously through him at the same time. Playing with my daughter, on the other hand, is a whole new set of experiences. I get to play make-up and have tea parties, and brush hair, and all that other girly stuff. I don’t get to do the girl play very often, just because C isn’t really old enough for most of it yet, which is why I so look forward to brushing her hair!
I’ve heard countless jokes about how girls are more expensive, more stressful, more dramatic, blah, blah, blah. Maybe that’s true; I did met a man who had six daughters, and while he looked stressed, he also looked happy. It’s a relationship like no other and I wish daughters upon all men everywhere because it’s a life-changing experience.