As a dad, my desire for my daughter is for her to become an amazing, driven woman who isn’t afraid to do anything. I was in the car yesterday and she was just looking out the window. My wife was driving so I learned back and asked my four year old, what she wanted to be when she grew up? She turned to me with her big blue eyes and smiled, “I don’t know dada.” I then offered a few different options, maybe a doctor, or dentist, or lawyer. She asked what a lawyer did and said they lied a lot and she immediately responded that boys must all be lawyers. I chuckled a little bit and they said looked back and said, “I want to be a baker like mommy.”
My wife smiled, probably teared up a little and I smiled and said ‘okay!’ As a dad, I want the best for my daughter. I want her to love what she does, and while I would prefer her to be a doctor, or even a lying lawyer, happiness is often found in passion. My wife stays at home, and while some days she’d love to be in an office and have some adult interaction, she finds peace raising our child.
After my little one declared she wanted to be a baker, I turned back around and said, “well…..what would you like to bake today?!” She smiled and said that we needed to go to the store and buy lots of flour and sugar. Cupcakes were on her mind. I chuckled again and said okay. We dropped by the store and we picked up the necessary ingredients and went home.
Mom was tired, so I got to make cupcakes while mom sat on the couch giving directions. We decided on a simple vanilla cupcake, with special blueberry frosting. Hannah told me that I could only give her instructions and she wanted to do it ALL by herself. I laughed a little miss independent already. Hopefully you’ll learn that your parents are here to support you in everything, just like mine are there for me today.
We finished the cupcakes, baked them and started on the blueberry buttercream. Hannah asked to lick the spoon, and I agreed to share. I’ve learned that life is about the little moments: making cupcakes on a Sunday or asking your child simple questions and getting amazing answers. That’s what makes life special. As a parent, I’ve learned to accept my child for who she is, not who I want her to be.
This blog post is brought to you by New York Life and the My All-Star Daughter and Keep Good Going campaigns. I believe in their campaigns because of Jen Arnold. You might not recognize her name, but she is one half of the Little People Couple. After adopting, she became diagnosed with cancer, but that didn’t stop her. New York Life believes in perpetuating the good that is all around us. The Keep Good Going® campaign describes both their purpose as a business and their relationship with our customers. I’m inspired daily by little nuggets of wisdom and insight from my daily experiences Hannah in the car, inspired a fun afternoon of cupcake baking! New York Life enables you to continue the good in your life by providing life insurance and other financial products so that your children and family can flourish.
As for Hannah, I hope she grows up to be the best baker, candlestick maker or whatever her heart desires. Her mother and I will be right there, supporting her every step of the way.
How do you Keep Good Going? I’d love to hear a story about how this campaign/video applies to you in your life!
- 2 sticks of butter
- Half a carton of fresh blueberries
- 3-4 cups of powdered sugar
- With an electric mixer (either hand or stand), beat butter until pale, about 3-4 minutes on medium.
- Scrape down the bowl.
- Add 3½ cups powdered sugar and pureed blueberries.
- Mix on low until powdered sugar is incorporated.
- If the frosting is too dry, add another tablespoon of milk. If the frosting is too wet, add powdered sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until it reaches a spreadable consistency.