Father Daughter Action Plan

28 Apr


Judy Wills


Father Daughter Action Plan 

That title in the Thursday newspaper reminded me of a time that our family enjoyed quite a bit.Back in the mid 1970’s, we were living on an AF Base and, because Fred was an officer, were required to be members of the Officer’s Club.  So, for the dues we had to pay for that pleasure, we thought to have a meal there at least once each month.  However, the food was less than great.

 While we were there, the club began giving out a “chit” for a free meal each month when they sent the bill, to encourage more attendance at their facility.

Well, we didn’t want to waste the “free” meal, even though we really didn’t enjoy eating there that much. But then a plan occurred to me – how about a Date Night between Father and Daughter?  Neither of the girls really had a lot of just “Daddy” time, so I thought this might be a good way for them to have some quality time with Daddy, and be treated like a lady should be treated by a gentleman.  And Fred is definitely a gentleman.  His momma taught him well!

So the plan went into action.  One supper evening each month, one of our daughters would get dressed to the nines, and would go to the O’ Club with Daddy.  He would help her into the car, pull out/push in her chair at the table, and they would just visit with each other while they ate.



The next month, the other daughter would get dressed to the nines, and go to the O’ Club with Daddy.  And she would be treated like a lady by a gentleman.




The girls loved it – they still say it is one of their fondest memories.  They would usually wear a long dress, get their hair fixed “just so,” possibly wear a “touch” of makeup, and be on their best behavior.   So each daughter had her quality time with Daddy, and Daddy got to know his girls a bit better.  Fun for all.

The remaining daughter and I would have hamburgers.


As a footnote to this:  when I told a good friend about this plan, she harumphed and said she would have to teach her husband to be a gentleman first!

4 Responses to “Father Daughter Action Plan”

  1. DiVoran Lites April 29, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Loved everything about it. It was a pleasure to see the girls as little girls again. It’s a beautiful memory and a great idea from which all fathers and daughter could benefit.


  2. Louise Gib son April 29, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    You stirred up a wonderful mermory of my experiernce as an Air Force wife. I remember helping my oldest daughter get all dressed up for a date with her father at the Officers’ Club, At 13, all dressed up in a white dress and slippers, it left quite an impression on her l


  3. oldthingsrnew April 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Judy, I loved this story. I just wish you had posted pictures of the girls dressed up for their dad.


  4. fuonlyknew April 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    How wonderful.


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