Conversation with dad

Our 7 year daughter was getting goodnight kisses from Daddy. “Daddy, do you have to go to work tomorrow?”

“Yes,” he said.

“Ohhhhh, why?!” she wailed.

“Because people around here keep eating.  And they like to sleep in a nice house.  And sometimes-” he fixed a mock stern gaze on me — “they even turn the air conditioning on.”

“Oh, ” said the 7 year old, looking sober for a moment at his undeniable logic. Then her face brightened.  “Can I come to work with you?”

“No.  I work at a hospital.  You wouldn’t like it there.  People are just dying to get in.”  His eyes twinkled, waiting.

“Daddy!” she wailed in dismay.  “I know exactly what you mean by that and I don’t LIKE it!”

“Why not?” His eyes twinkled more.

“Because that’s just a gross joke.  You should joke about something else!”

He burst into laughter.  And agreed.  And hugged her goodnight again.

And left.

And his little girl lay there, smiling into her pillow.

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  1. SO sweet! I love everyday snippets like this 🙂

  2. I’m chuckling – that is almost the same jokes my Dad told to me – 50 years ago! Daddy’s are wonderful for groaning humor and making little girls go to sleep smiling.

  3. Daddies are very special.

  4. Wonderful story!

  5. There is something inexplicably precious about Daddies and their little girls.

  6. Awesome when they get to the next level of jokes! Does he have anything to do with the people dying to get in?

  7. =) that is sweet!