Never Too Old to Be Daddy’s Little Girl
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
– Sigmund Freud
Growing up, I was always Daddy’s little girl. And my dad was always there for me, every step of the way. He believed in a good education, being your best and having solid work ethic. I found myself striving to get better grades, work harder and become better to make him proud. During the summers, he taught me how to plant vegetables, and as we weeded side by side, he would listen to me chattering about my life. He never missed a single sporting event, and sat in the front row at my theater performances. He has been a rock for my mom and me. I can’t imagine having a better father.
After college, I married my college sweetheart and I moved across the country for a job. We have three children and two dogs. Life is good. I video chat my parents at least 3 times a week. They like to keep up with the kids and see how life is treating us.
A few months ago, I noticed that Dad wasn’t hearing us very well on our calls. Especially with the kids, he had a hard time hearing what they were saying. He complained they were speaking too quickly. Last month, I made a trip home and he couldn’t even participate in the conversation when we went out to a restaurant. He claimed it was too noisy and made the wait staff turn down the music. Most recently, he stopped participating on our video chats at all. He says he’s busy, or just doesn’t answer.
This broke my heart. I decided to do something about it, so for Father’s Day, I got him the ClearSounds Quattro 4. It works with or without hearing aids. It amplifies the sound, whether it be the television, computer, phone, but without the background noise. It works with a microphone that he can use when he’s talking one-on-one or in a group.
My dad has rejoined our conversations. Noisy restaurants don’t get him angry anymore. My dad is back and that’s a good thing, because I’m never too old to be Daddy’s little girl.
Love you Daddy!
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