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‘Little Girl’ (5) has been missing her dad, who is on his latest interstate trip, more so than usual. Though she has been texting ‘I LOVE YOU dad’ and ‘Goodnight dad’ and chatting to him, she is still feeling it. As a treat the kids have been sleeping with me and celebrating Upside Down Day, where the kids get dinner for breakfast and a cooked breakfast for dinner.

These usual measures haven’t had the impact I was hoping for. So yesterday we drove to the airport for a little plane-spotting. ‘See that jet coming in to land now? Just two more sleeps and Dad will be flying in on one of those’ I said. That seemed to do the trick and off we went home.

As I prepared dinner, I was happy to hear her busily playing in her room.
‘OK, time for dinner go wash up please’ I called out.
‘Just one more minute Mum’ came her reply.

Next ‘Little Girl’ came in with a bunch of shopping bags. ‘Mummy I’ve had a really, really good idea! I packed us all up so we can surprise Daddy. Can we go back to the airport now and go on one of those planes?’
She had indeed packed luggage for us all, including our toothbrushes and nappies for the baby. I’m pretty sure her Dad has no doubt how much she loves him.

Real Story by WHIMSY, 28/9/13

  • What a great story, so beautiful.

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  • Ooohhh, how cute but heartbreaking at the same time. Must be so hard for you all when hubby us away

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  • That’s so cute. So sweet to see how much she loves her dad. She’s a lucky girl to have such a wonderful dad

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  • Really interesting article! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • This is just gorgeous…

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  • That is such a gorgeous story. Out of the mouths of babes, hey!

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  • I’m glad you’ve recorded this story to remember in years to come. She obviously adores you both. My Miss (almost) 3 packed her bag ready to go to “BIG SCHOOL” with her siblings this week, complete with lunchbox, hat, change of clothes and books. Will have to look into playgroups, I think.

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  • Oh wow this is such a beautiful story and a real testament to what a great father he must be

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  • What a wonderful little girl – I’m sure her dad knows just how much she loves him!

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  • Oh what a beautiful little girl.

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  • Oh! That’s so sweet. What a beautiful girl you have! :-)

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  • I occasionally mind a little boy who was around 2y.o. when his Dad had to fly away for a week or so. Having a passion for planes and always asking to go outside to watch them fly overhead I have to admit I was dreading there being tears and a heart broken little boy. Much to my relief he said “Daddy go plane”.

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  • awww that is so cute!

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  • Now that is so very sweet

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  • That’s adorable. All the best to your little girl.

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