Her standing by him always impressed the adults and they never knew what to make of her.
Like most little girls, my father was my first love.Growing up in a society in which people are constantly mocking each other, I recall this little girl who would always defend her father as well.She was a child yet would not stand for anyone saying anything bad against her father jokingly or seriously.We moved from Pacific Palisades, California, where Esmee also had a great deal of homework at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Brentwood.I have found, at both schools, that whenever I bring up the homework issue with teachers or administrators, their response is that they are required by the state to cover a certain amount of material.OSV: Whether fathers like it or not, what do their daughters expect from them? Meg Meeker: A daughter naturally wants to view her dad as a leader. That's not just the way it’s supposed to be; that’s the way it is. OSV: What do you think is the most common, albeit perhaps well-intentioned, mistake that most fathers make?Meeker: Fathers dramatically underestimate the importance of themselves in their daughters’ lives.They withdraw much too quickly, doubt their significance and influence, and grossly misunderstand how very much their daughters need and want to have a good relationship with them.OSV: What can the consequences of that withdrawal be?Meeker: When a dad pulls out of a girl’s life, she flounders. Her ability to have healthy relationships with other men flounders.Her sense of what she’s able to accomplish flounders.I adored everything about him, even how he smelled (like pine trees and lemons).The sound of his voice on the phone still makes my heart skip a beat.She was always ready to support and defend her father.