I get it.
Even though you are tall and lean and own college books and made the Presidents list throughout school last year, you will always be my little girl.
It's an entirely different subject.
Before I go too far, you need to realize my darling daughter, that your Father use to be a young man. He use to have a motorcycle. He drove his camaro too fast. He used his powers for evil, instead of good...if you get my meaning. Back in the day, your father...well, he was a bad boy. Not "jail" bad boy, but bad enough that all my friends thought I was crazy to go out with him.
And you know how Grandma and Grandpa felt about my marrying him!
With that in mind, I think you'll kind of understand why he gets a little nervous when you say that you might travel to India or England or Russia or anywhere he can't drive to. It's hard for him to let you grow up. After all, he has spent all these years protecting you.
Daddies are funny that way.
This trip that you are considering will be difficult for your Father to grasp. It's a big, scary world out there full of bad men.
Good looking young men who speak a foreign language.
I think you get my point. When you say India all Daddy hears is
"Kidnapping of blond American under investigation," report at 11:00
If you mention Russia, Daddy's mind screams:
"Blond American woman, age 19, sold into human trafficking ring." News at 11:00
And you know it's true. The world is a dark, tragic place full of despair and mayhem.
But it's also a place of beauty and wonder. There are sites to see and new people to meet. You are at an age when you should have new experiences. You should follow God's leading. You should make your own decisions.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't be careful and I'm certainly not saying that you shouldn't consider Daddy's opinion. What I am saying is that you should GO!
GO! See the world.
GO! Meet new people.
GO! Learn new things.
Now is the time!
And please don't worry about Daddy. I'll take care of him.
After all, we girls gotta stick together, but don't think I won't miss you. Don't think my mind doesn't scream a bit too. It's just that this window of opportunity is short and I don't want you to wonder what if. I don't want you to ever feel like you missed out or that we held you back.
So GO! FIGHT! WIN! and call me when you get back dahling!