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Butterfly kisses

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

My dearest E.,

I kiss you each and every night before you go to bed. I kiss you early in the morning when you wake up and smile at me. I kiss you when I drop you off at your grandparents’ house for the day. I kiss you when you squeal in happiness to see at the end of a long, tired day. I kiss you when you lie beside me and play with my hair. I want to kiss you all the time, hold you close to me and forever be entangled in your sweetness. And when you kiss me back, soft and wet on my cheek, my heart is suffused with immeasurable joy and happiness.

Think of my kisses as little hopes and wishes to guide you through your day. Take each kiss of mine and bury them deep within your heart. Blow those kisses on those around you to make their day a little more cheery, happier or sunny. Spread those kisses as you spread your love to others around you.

Here are the words to a beautiful song that your father and I both love. It’s called “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle. Isn’t this apt? You make us feel the way Bob’s little girl does to him.

Butterfly kisses

There’s two things I know for sure:

She was sent here from Heaven and she’s Daddy’s little girl

As I drop to my knees by her bed at night

She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes and

I thank God for all the joy in my life

Oh, but most of all

For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer

Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair

“Walk beside the pony, Daddy. It’s my first ride”.

“I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried”.

In all that I’ve done wrong, I must’ve done something right

To deserve a hug every morning

And butterfly kisses at night.

Sweet sixteen today

She’s looking like her Mama a little more everyday

One part woman, the other part girl

To perfume and make-up from ribbons and curls

Trying her wings out in a great big world

But I remember

Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer

Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair

“You know how much I love you, Daddy, but if you don’t mind,

I’m only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time”.

With all that I’ve done wrong, I must’ve done something right

To deserve her love every morning

And butterfly kisses at night.

All the precious time

Like the wind, the years go by

Precious butterfly

Spread your wings and fly.

She’ll change her name today

She’ll make a promise and I’ll give her away

Standing in the bride-room, just staring at her

She asked me what I’m thinking, and I said

“I’m not sure- I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl”.

She leaned over, gave me butterfly kisses with her Mama there

Sticking little flowers all up in her hair

“Walk me down the aisle, Daddy- it’s just about time”.

“Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don’t cry!”

Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong, I must’ve done something right

To deserve our love every morning and butterfly kisses

I couldn’t ask God for more, man, this is what love is.

I know I gotta let her go, but I’ll always remember

Every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses.

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