Friday, June 02, 2006

My little girl

Mike & Sara at 10000 Birds had a baby girl the other day and named her Ivy Arehart Bergin. My baby girl Cassandra Edna Dorsey graduated from Bartlett High School tonight. His daughter came into the world and mine is starting out in the world.

I know how proud you are Mike because I've been there. I still am actually. When she was a toddler we called her Sassy Cassie. Now it's Cassie or Cas. I call her my favorite girl or favorite daughter. I know, she's my only daughter. But she is my favorite girl and no one can take that away from me. I like the young woman she's grown up to be. She's not perfect and lord knows I'm not either. But she'll always be the sparkle in my eye.

Mike, you'll find yourself doing just about anything for your daughter. Her mother and I divorced when she was young. She would spend weekends at my house with her brothers. After returning her to her mom's house I would get calls like "I forgot my blankie" when I got home. That was before cell phone days, so you were all the way home before you got the call. During the middle of the night and in freezing temperatures, I'd turn around and take her blankie (Strawberry Shortcake) back to her.

Or the time she had to have her ear operated on. When they rolled her out into the recovery room, both her and Minnie Mouse had their left ears bandaged up. Or those tea parties. You have to sit through them Mike. It's the hardest thing to do as a guy or dad, but you'll remember it forever. You'll remember taking the training wheels off of her pink Barbie bike. She was such a tomboy, I described her as Evil Knievil on a Barbie bike.

Now a days I get calls like "I'm hungry. Let's go to lunch". My reply usually is "Where we going to go?" We like shopping together, riding bikes together, going to hockey games together. She helps me out with different things with Bird TLC. She's a lot of fun. Your going to enjoy it Mike.

She's going to go to UAA, University of Alaska, Anchorage, in the fall. Journalism or cosmo something or another. Get that sheep skin kiddo.

I hope your ready Mike. My little girl isn't so little anymore. Actually she's taller than me now. But you going to enjoy it. Welcome to the world Ivy.

Cassie, congratulations! I'm very proud of you and always have been.

Love you,

Dad

7 comments:

Britt said...

Congrats Cassie! :)

On The Rebound said...

If only you knew how my day was going. I was searching for one thing and I ended up here. Now you see how that might affect me!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Dad I'm totally speechless..
And I'm not sure what to say..
I want to thank you for coming tonight, and be there for me when I need you.
I know your not happy with some of the decisions I have made, and your right I'm not perfect, close but I'm not.. *giggles*
I'm only as perfect as i choose to be, and if I was perfect then this blog you wrote would be WAY different..
Thank you Dad..
I love you, and I can't wait to go shopping next week with you!
Love Always,
Cassie
- Your not so little girl anymore!-

robin andrea said...

Dave-- What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful, grown-up daughter, and a lovely note to a new dad. I'll show this to dpr. He's got three daughters, and I know he's going to get all teary-eyed reading this. He feels the same way about his girls.

Congrats to Cassie. Good luck at the university.

Clare said...

Wonderful Dave, and congratulations Cassie. Sounds like she has you handled well. No mean feat I'd imagine.

Amy said...

Congrats to Cassie, and kudos to Dave for a wonderful post.

Cassie, if you want to talk journalism, feel free to drop a line!

Dave said...

Cassie - If your going to do journalism, you have to do better than "Wow, Dad I'm totally speechless.. And I'm not sure what to say.." Love ya!

Robin - Daddy's little girls tend to do that to them.

Clare - Oh, she has me handled all right. It was easy for her.

Thanks Amy & Britt