A Fact of Life

By Sissy (sissy@svs.net)

The room is dark, the only illumination being the moonlight creeping in through the windows. Walker sits alone on the couch, contemplating the various problems that can come up when raising a teenage daughter. A very beautiful daughter, who looks so very much like her mother. With long blond hair and sparking sky blue eyes. A girl so full of life, and eagerly rushing to meet it. He never realized that a teenager, especially a girl, could be so fragile, but very strong willed, until after Alex was gone. She had done a beautiful job of guiding the spirit of this child of his, bringing out her full potential. A young lady that had a strong sense of right and wrong, and never one to sit on the sidelines and watch, but right in the middle of everything that came her way. But oh, so fragile where her emotions were concerned. She could cry over a hurt animal like her heart would break or fight like a tiger to right a wrong.

And now, she had come to him, asking for his permission to date. A young man, albeit from one of his karate classes, had asked Jessica to go to a movie with him. A nice young man, as far as they go, but still it was so hard for him to think of her in that light. She was still so very young. He can remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. Her first steps into his outstretched arms, the first time he heard her say ‘Daddy’ and the first time she crawled up into his lap and said ‘I love you, Daddy.’ She still hugs him and she still says ‘I love you, Daddy’ but the time is not far off when another man will take his place. That man will be the one she will ran to when she is sad or when she wants a hug. And Walker’s just not ready to let her go, yet. If only Alex were here to help with this decision, although he’s pretty sure what her answer would be.

With the sun rising slowly in the east, a new day is beginning, and a new way of life in the Walker household. Jessica will be expecting an answer when she comes downstairs. An answer, that will change his world from this time on. He shuts his eyes and leans back, remembering Jessica’s childhood, when he suddenly feels arms around his neck.

Opening his eyes, he looks up into the blue eyes of his fifteen year old daughter, “Hi, Daddy.” She leans down and kisses him softly on the cheek. “Have you been sitting here all night?”

“Not all night, but quite awhile.” He takes her hand and pulls her around the couch and down to sit beside him. Putting his arm around her shoulders and giving her a hug, “You’ve given me a weighty decision to make, baby, and I think better in the early morning hours.”

“Oh, Daddy…You mean about me dating?”

He nods, “You’re still so young, I’m not sure I’m ready to give up my little girl.” As he looks into her eyes, he sees a little bit of Alex starring back at him.

“Daddy, I’m not a little girl anymore. I’m fifteen… almost sixteen. But I’ll always be your little girl, Daddy. No one can take your place.” She leans over and lays her cheek against his, feeling the wetness, but not saying anything.

“I know, but that doesn’t make it any easier for me. But, I guess it’s inevitable, so you have our permission to date, but I do insist on meeting each and every young man that you date, okay? At least for awhile.”

“Oh, Daddy, thank you. You’re the best, always have been, always will be. And I love you.” She puts her arms around his neck and gives him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.

Walker holds her tightly to him for several minutes, then releases her with, “I think you had better go and get dressed, we have a big day ahead of us…Now, scoot!”

“Yes, Daddy.” And she takes off at a run up the stairs.

Walker sits back, smiles and relaxes, knowing he has made the right decision. He closes his eyes, wishes that Alex were with him, missing her with all his heart.

The ringing of the phone brings him out of a light slumber, he picks it up, “Walker”

“Hi, Cowboy.”

“Alex, I was just thinking about you. I miss you, baby. When are you coming home?”

The End

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