I had a date this past week and my date was one of the prettiest girls there. I’m sure that every other guy believed the same about their date, but theirs didn’t even come close. She wore an emerald green dress and her hair was fixed just so. She looked good and she knew it – you could tell by the way she carried herself. She was ready for an evening of partying and dancing. This date had cost me at least $50 and we hadn’t even dined or arrived at the dance. Who knew what to expect.
When she saw me, her eyes just sparkled. She told me that I looked very handsome – not something most men hear when they arrive to pick up their dates. We were running a little behind schedule, but we knew that we would arrive at the Father/Daughter dance right on time.
I decided many years ago, and I was strongly encouraged by my wife, that I would be the first guy that my daughters dated. I hoped that the example I presented would help influence the decisions that they would make in the future. I wanted them to always believe that they were special and they deserved to be treated that way.
My dad taught me the proper way to behave toward ladies, and it is a shame that the dads of today don’t believe that it is important. I was born in the 50s, 1953 to be exact, and I still believe what my dad said. Too many men, today, believe that men and women should be treated equal.
Dad said to always treat a girl with respect. What does that mean? First off, when you pick her up for a date, ask for her at the door, don’t blow the horn from the curb. Then open doors – car doors, restaurant doors, any doors. And by all means, don’t use foul language around her. And last of all, be even nicer to her mom (this one will go a long way.) Oh, and one more thing. Just because you asked a girl out on a date and paid for it doesn’t mean she owes you anything. Yes, the guy should pay for the dates until you both have discussed taking turns paying.
Any time I take my wife out, this is how I behave. So, when I take my daughters out I act the same way. I want to be the example that my daughters compare their dates to. My opinion is that if the guy doesn’t treat you better than I do, then he doesn’t appreciate you for who you really are. Therefore, that guy doesn’t deserve to go out with you.
Though I would never admit it when I was young, my dad was a lot smarter that I wanted to give him credit for. He gave me advice on a lot of things, but I won’t go into them right now. I need to get back to the story of my date.
She was kind of shy at first, but when she saw everyone dancing we had to hit the floor. We danced several songs and she got thirsty, so we took a break to get food and something to drink. We were back on the dance floor after a few bites and really had a blast. It is difficult to slow dance when you are six foot and she is only three and a half feet.
I only really embarrassed her once. I tried to get her to do the chicken dance, but she was having none of that. So, she laughed at me while I danced.
I got her back home before curfew, around 8:30, and right before bedtime. He mom was happy that we made it home with time to spare.
Dads, I challenge you to be the example for both your sons and your daughters. Teach your sons the correct way to behave when dating, and tech your daughters to except nothing less. You will seldom be disappointed.
***John E. Stack is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo, Cody’s Rescue Adventure at the Zoo, and Olivia’s Sweet Adventure.