It was a privilege to be able to volunteer with Focus on the Family last weekend, and to serve the dads and daughters who went for the Date with Dad brunch event at Meritus Mandarin Orchard.
The place was beautiful and welcoming. Attention had been paid to the smallest of details.
Just suited for the occasion – a day for dads to romance their daughters, express his love, tune in to her heart, and affirm her true worth.
The Grand Mandarin Ballroom was decked and ready to receive its guests.
Everything had been planned to a tee. Dads and daughters first had to answer quizzes to test how much they knew about each other.
Daughters received teddy bears upon getting seated, and were also presented a stalk of rose. From daddy dearest of course.
Then the emcees began warm-up games, and laughter and bustling activity filled the grand ballroom.
Dads had to braid their daughter’s hair. (Fastest fingers get to win prizes.)
Daughters had to fulfill the challenge of tying a tie for their dads.
Dads got to apply nail polish for their little princesses too!
Subsequently, both dads and daughters were encouraged to write a letter sharing to each other, expressing their love and gratefulness. A few were even brave enough to share their letter on stage.
Towards the end, each dad took The Father’s Pledge and placed a purity ring on his daughter’s finger. It was a symbolic act that said to their daughter, “You are valuable and worth the wait.”
I left the ballroom with a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m sure I had a silly grin on my face all the way to the cab stand. There was so much hope in that ballroom, so much love, so much faith…It was hard not to be infected.
All that was in my mind was a picture of all the young girls basking in the love and delight of their dads. Just the way that it should be.
I’m sure the fathers have set high standards for their daughter’s future suitors to achieve. A date with daddy is surely a date to remember for life. 😉
Thank you, Focus on the Family, for organising such a meaningful and worthwhile event!