I have a very close relationship with my dad. I’m a daddy’s girl, so celebrating Father’s Day is a big deal for me. Dads are supposed to be our heroes, guiding us through life, helping us pick up the pieces from a broken heart, a bad grade, or even just to give us a hug on our bad days. When we do finally meet “The One,” some might say that their close relationship with their father has ended, but I disagree. No matter how tight the bond is between you two, walking that aisle during your wedding is the most momentous moment you two will ever have, at least it was for me.
In honor of Father’s Day, I want to share my favorite dads and daughters from movies and TV:
Father of the Bride (the one with Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and Father of the Bride (the one with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor) are both classics for their generations! When Father of the Bride came out in the theaters, my dad took me to see it. We laughed as we watched the overprotective dad try to deal with his daughter’s upcoming nuptials – scorning the cost of the wedding and having conflicts with the wedding coordinator, (played by Martin Short), but most of all, hating to let go of his little girl. In the scene where George replays memories of his daughter, it’s clear how much she influenced his life and vice versa. At one part, I looked at my dad and saw tears in his eyes. It was truly a special moment for both of us. If you haven't seen the Father of the Bride movies, I highly recommend them!
Full House was a popular TV show that was part of the TGIFlineup on ABC. Every Friday, I tuned in to watch DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) go on hot dates – especially with Steve (Scott Weinger), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) get in trouble due to peer pressure, and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) say “You got it, dude!” While the premise of the show was sad (a widowed father has to raise his three daughters, but gets help from his two best friends), this show was heartwarming. There wasn’t a mother figure – at least until Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) – but the clean and geeky dad, Danny (Bob Saget), the comedian, Joey (Dave Coulier) and ULTRAHOT Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) looked after DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle, and fathered them. They all gave the three girls the love and attention that any daughter deserves, even when they mess up big! DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle knew which one to go to for certain things, but the cool thing was that each dad told the other about it so that they could deal with it together as a family. I miss this show a lot, especially because it sent a great message to teenage girls. It taught them to be confident, kind, to think before they did anything questionable, and to know that they are loved. If there were a show that caught up with the characters now, I imagine that the girls would be very successful in their careers and personal lives, thanks to their upbringing by their three dads.
Who are your favorite TV and movie dads? Happy Father’s Day!
Isabella Louise Anderson is a member of the RWA, and she is the owner of the website Chick Lit Goddess. She resides in Dallas, Texas, where she’s a housewife and mother to 12-year-old cat, Thorndike. A regular contributor at Good Humor Girl, you can read all Isabella's articles and learn more about Isabella.