Sunday, July 12, 2015

How'd I Get to Be So Old?

by Jim Carter, from Killer Wedding Cake
Gayle Trent

My daughter, Daphne, is getting married next week...for the second time. Her first husband, Todd, really had her mother and me fooled. I'd have gone to Tennessee and got my little girl had I known how he'd been treating her. We didn't know they weren't happy until the night she called and said the police took him to jail because he shot a pistol at her.

The man took a gun and shot at my little girl! Can you imagine that? I wanted to kill him!

Of course, you could argue that Daphne isn't a little girl. After all, she's just shy of her forty-first birthday. But she's my little girl, and she always will be. Age doesn't factor into that.

She's beautiful--my Daphne. Her sister Violet is too. And, although I love my girls both the same, I guess you could say that Daphne and I have always been closer. Vi and her mother have a special relationship, so it's only right that Daphne and I would. While Vi and her mom were inside doing their nails or looking at fashion magazines, Daph and I would be in my workshop. She'd hand me nails and tools and talk with me while I worked. That was nearly thirty years ago. Why does it feel to me like it was only yesterday?

I think a dad reaches a point where he sees his children grow up, and he realizes they're getting older, but he just doesn't want to accept that incessant march of time. Wasn't it just a couple of years ago that Daphne was taking her first steps? A month ago that she was graduating from high school? I can't watch that movie Father of the Bride without getting a lump in my throat. The movie really nails how a dad feels watching his little girl grow up. If you've never seen the movie, watch this clip, and you'll know what I mean.


Is it just me? Or does everybody wonder why time seems to be flying by so quickly?

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49 comments:

  1. I hope Daphne's wedding and marriage is wonderful. It sounds like she deserves a happy ever after.
    Killer Wedding Cake sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  2. Time is indeed flying. Soon I will have to do Christmas shopping.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. My husband just walked our oldest daughter down the aisle on July 4th. I could tell that he was holding back tears Even though we both couldn't be happier with the man she's chosen to spend her life with, she's still Daddy's little girl.

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    1. That's sweet, Susan. And, yes, she always will be. :)

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  4. Can't wait to read it! Love her books.

    Tennisace50(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Hoping your daughter much happiness with her future husband, she deserves happily ever after, especially after marry a toad. Enjoy the day and the celebration.
    (Our children are our children no matter how hold they get.)

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  6. This is a great series and I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
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  7. Love all your books, can't wait to read this one. Rachel Lepree rlepree(at)musfiber(dot)com

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  8. I love this series; thanks for the chance to win! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  9. Thanks for this great feature, wonderful giveaway and fascinating books which you write. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Yes, time does fly and the older we are the faster it seems to go. I remember when I had little ones and now they have little ones. Amazing. Your book sounds intriguing and I would enjoy reading it very much. Wishing you happiness and much continued success. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Traveler! Wishing you much happiness too. :)

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  11. Yes, time does fly. It's hard to believe that I have another greatgrandchild about to arrive. Surely I can't be in my mid 70s already!

    Your books make for wonderful reading.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Thank you, and congratulations on that beautiful new baby!

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  12. I "judge books by their covers" which many cozy mysteries offer the best I've seen. With puns and cleverly worded titles to illustrations that are also clever and creative. And even though I read reviews or check out the authors on Facebook or website, the covers usually have me hooked. Good reviews or author responses reel me in! I love this cover! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. High praise from an aficionado! Thank you!

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  13. Too true. You blink and those tiny babies are adults, out on their own.
    But we, of course, age at a completely different rate!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. We barely age at all, Libby! ;-)

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  14. I love a wedding cozy and would be pleased to be entered into the contest. Janet at monstercreed1@yahoo.com.

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  15. Right now I am happy if time is flying by, I really dislike hot, summer weather! I am always relieved when July is done. Please don't hate me...

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. How could we ever hate you, Elaine?! Never! :)

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  16. I do love this series.

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  17. I totally understand the march of time. My "baby" turned 30 this year. I stopped to think about her life stones of high school graduation, moving out on her own, moving back home, moving have a country away, moving back home, graduate from college, move in with Mr Right. That is a lot of moving in 1w years. Would love to have a signed copy of your book. Thanks.
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  18. This is a series I would like to read. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  19. I love books like this and love the cover too!
    I hate that the older you get the faster time flies. Just doesn't seem fair.
    I love the movie Father Of The Bride! The scene of Annie telling George she's getting married cracks me up!
    irbratb(@)gmail(.)com

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  20. The relationship between a parent and their child is a special bond, definitely. I am sure this book will be an interesting one to read. Thanks for providing an incite into it and then to have a giveaway too. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  21. Love the father of the bride stories. It's true that the dads have a totally different take on it all. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  22. The cover is wonderful. I've been seeing it in my Amazon suggestion list. I'd love to.readit! als@foxgull.com

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  23. The best is yet to come. It really brings it home when I first heard my baby say that he was a new daddy. It comes full circle. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  24. The years go by so fast---but at least now I understand how I was always my mother's little girl.
    Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  25. Yes time is flying by. I have been enjoying this series. Congrats on the new one.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  26. The contest is now closed. The random number generator chose as our winner--drum roll, please--ratta tatta rattatat tat!--NUMBER 12, Kathleen Costa! Congratulations, Kathleen! I'll be in touch via email to get your information. Everyone else, thank you so much for participating! I'm doing an Escape with Dollycas Blog Tour in August, so there will be plenty of other opportunities to win. :)

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