This is the 3rd and final chapter in the Daddy/Daughter Trilogy. Since its been a month since I posted the first two parts, catch up on them here at Part 1 and here at Part 2. Now, let the story begin... or end.. whatever.
I think the look of shock on my face when those words came out of Mosey's mouth was probably one for the record books. Having dinner with her dad was the LAST thing I thought would happen ever in a million years, in fact, we had been scoping out other restaurants in the area trying to figure out where to go. Of course, my exhaustion didn't help at this point. I was so tired I could barely function but we got our behinds out of the car and made our way into Applebee's in Bradenton Florida for dinner with my friend and her father... whom she had literally met 5 minutes earlier... talk about a surreal moment.
The 4 of us walked into the restaurant and watched the two of them talking and laughing. She looked nervous but so happy and he seemed so at ease sitting next to his long lost daughter.
We sat down and did our introductions and then the topic of him going to Davison and having hung out with some of our parents came up and it was so cool to see. Mama B couldn't stop smiling.
It was so incredible listening to the stories he had to tell and listening to the conversation that went on between them. I swear to you I can't do them justice here.
After dinner, the 4 of us left the restaurant to give them some time to talk. We walked around the plaza and chatted about some interesting conspiracy theories (they were more crazy than anything) and what was happening 100ft away from us.
I then went to my car and crashed. Hard. I was exhausted and frankly, needed some sleep.
When all was said and done, I was woken up to see one very happy Mama B.
She had met her dad.
He even drew her a picture and signed it "love, dad."
It was incredible.
Many of you may be wondering what the deal is with the story now, almost 2 months after the fact (sorry about that). Mama B and her dad talk on a regular basis. He sent her a super adorable Christmas gift of baby shoes (saying it was like her first pair of shoes that he wasn't able to buy her) and a tape of him singing Blue Christmas. She is currently planning on going down to Florida at the end of February, during Spring Break, and spending the week with him to get to know him better.
I don't think any of us expected this outcome but let me tell you, we are all super excited and loving what is happening.
I have hopes of getting some of her thoughts for a later post (I'll be seeing her this weekend so maybe I can squeeze something out of her) so you can read her side of the story.
I will be attempting to put together a slideshow with pictures of that day.
My best friend really did a beautiful job with her photography. It is incredible the emotion you see in this. I'm also hoping to share with you a video she made about that day so you can see/hear what Mama B has to say about everything.