This week, my daughter won something, but turned myself and her mom into even bigger winners. It goes so much further than the trophy she received. She was a finalist in the Keller ISD Film Festival, and found out she was the only winner in the district, in the K-4 grade category. Talk about a father and mother’s pride.
Months ago, she decided she wanted to enter and wanted to produce and edit a video about her grandfather. My dad. His name is Clarence, he served our country proudly in the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam. My little girl has always been proud of her grandfather, she often talks about him being her hero.
So away she went, iPad in hand, and a plan. She would use Kenny Chesney’s song “Freedom,” a host of old black and white photos of dad, and recent photos from her school, during flag day ceremonies. At ten years of age, she already has great vision. My baby girl can see the big picture, and can carve out the path to get there. Her video tells the story of love of country, the love of our flag, pride, and her love and respect of her grandfather.
The grandfather she’s never met. See, my dad died in 1969, in Vietnam. She shared an intimate story of a man she’s never met, a face she’s never touched. She used my memories, and dad’s spirit, to tell her story.
Baby girl can’t imagine how she makes me feel, remembering my dad in her special way, and being recognized for it.
A father’s pride.
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