Confession: I was a major daddy's girl growing up. But who could blame me? My dad is one of the best guys I know. Not surprisingly, I married a man who is a lot like my father: sweet, patient, and a great dad to our three little girls.
Maybe my life experiences explain why a series of photos of Virginia dad Jason Garmon have me so choked up. They show the single father asking his little girl Skylar to her "daddy-daughter dance." As he explains in a viral Facebook post from last year, which is winning people over for a second time this week: "Just because I'm her Dad doesn't mean I'm going to assume she'll go with me."
The impossibly adorable post continues, "You ask out a lady like it's the first time every time. Always keep her guessing, always try to win her. I don't care if it's your daughter, your girlfriend or your wife, the day you stop trying is the day you'll lose her."
Um, is every guy on planet Earth reading this right now?!?
Garmon ends his post by writing, "I had always planned on doing something like this for a woman but I realized the most important female that deserves my attention is already right here beside me. - P.S. She said YES!"
A set of photos chronicle the proposal Skylar will never forget. First we see Garmon and his son Grayson leading Skylar to the proposal site, with her eyes covered.
There, a series of signs read, "Will you go to the daddy-daughter dance with me?" A table and chairs is also set up with refreshments. Had Garmon been surfing Martha Stewart's Instagram?
Garmon is holding a bouquet of wild flowers, wearing a grin that just says it all.
The final image proves that, indeed, Skylar said "Yes!"
Facebook commenters are in love with Garmon, as is every other girl with a computer or smartphone.
"Wow, your kids are very lucky to have you as their father. Your [sic] showing both of them how it's done right! Right from the heart! Thanks for sharing this Beautiful moment," one commenter wrote.
"Single dads around the world need to take note of this and the man you are!" wrote another.
I'd say dads, single or not, should take note!
I am living proof that having an involved, loving, caring, supportive father yields good things. And now my lucky daughters are benefiting from how I was raised, because they have the world's other best dad! Um, except I'd love to see him pull off iced tea in mason jars!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook, where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.