They don’t see her watching but she is, pretending to play with a doll she sees him play in her hair. She watches her mother giggle and blush. She can’t hear what they’re talking about but she knows they’re happy.
They don’t see her watching but she looks up from the kitchen table. Her dad looks sad; her mom is rubbing the back of his neck as he eats. He looks up and smiles, “Everything will be alright.” She wants to ask what’s the matter but her mom gives her a look that says, “It’s okay.”
Every time they leave he opens the door for them both. Every time her mom buys groceries he goes outside to help her with the bags. She doesn’t understand why he talks louder on the phone then he does with mom, she just knows mom smiles when he walks through the door.
Little girls grow up wanting to be like their mothers. It’s why they play dress up and mimic the walk.
Men set the standard, set the example for what their little girl will look forward to.