There is a song, recorded by Kristin Chenoweth called, “Fathers & Daughters,” and another song titled “King of the World” recorded by Point of Grace. Both songs “get me” every time I hear them. The reasons being twofold; first reason being, there is a sincere, genuine truth embedded in them as the people in any father/daughter relationship will tell you, and secondly, because I can relate to the honest portraits the songwriter’s present of the father/daughter bond. Then there is the song “Butterfly Kisses,” one that holds particular meaning in my life.
Of late, I have wanted to get back to blogging about more than just reviews, and since it was fun to put together a list of favorite television love birds (plus I think my dad is pretty nifty), it seemed that on this Father’s Day eve, it’d be appropriate to list some of my favorite father/daughter relationships.
Fathers and Daughters: Because Dad’s are the Best!
- George and Annie Banks | Is any such list complete without this darling father/daughter duo? When I first saw this film years ago, it didn’t mean anything to me in terms of its more poignant themes, though now I can appreciate it better, it’s certainly one of the films that has become a “classic.”
- Mr. Bennet and Lizzy | While I appreciate Mr. Bennet’s parenting with all of his daughters (save for his error with Lydia, that was a grave mistake), it’s his connection with Lizzy that really stands out.
- Jack and Sydney Bristow | A father/daughter who spies together? Hmm, this one is interesting, and indeed it had more dynamics than any of these other relationships! (From Alias.)
- Rick and Alexis Castle | When Castle opens there is a misleading image presented of its titular character – or at the very list one that isn’t totally true, we watch megastar Rick Castle attempt to sway his young teenage daughter to “live” and have a drink. Contrast this with a later scene of them sliding down the hall in pajamas and stocking feet, and pretty much, I melted. Maybe it was because the silly part of their
relationship (in pieces) reminds me of my own. Yes, my dad is one who did anything with his girls from playing paper dolls to indulging our idea of “ice skating” on the kitchen floor – or perhaps it was just my first encounter of a television relationship that worked better than I ever expected. Plus, as I once read, it’s a cute twist for the daughter to – seemingly – be the more responsible.
- Robert Crawley and his Daughters | The most recent season of Downton Abbey explores a bit more of the emotions of middle daughter, Edith feeling like the “odd one out,” and in a lovely scene, there’s a telling moment between she and her father. Edith has grown up a lot but when she’s hurting most, she doesn’t trust enough to know her parent’s care about her. By recognizing his daughter’s distress, it was sad to see Robert reach out only for her to turn it away.
- Dan (in Real Life) and his Daughters | Honestly, I don’t remember much about this film, however I do recall it being entertaining – and the picture was cute. *smile*
- Will and Maya Hayes | The film – Definitely, Maybe, that features this father/daughter duo is seriously flawed. But I do adore the “main” sequence that highlights their relationship.
- Cal and Emily Lightman | From Lie to Me.
- Keith and Veronica Mars | How to describe these two? Aside from Castle, this was probably my first look at what a good relationship a TV father-daughter could enjoy. No matter how she disappoints him – and oy, does Veronica disappoint her father, Keith is the one person who never lets her down – and he’s the one person Veronica hates the thought of letting down. If anything, these two are glaringly honest with each other, which could sometimes be a detriment to their relationship.
- Robert and Morgan Philip | Recently rewatched the charming film, Enchanted and awww… how cute is this sweet movie??
- Ty and Addie Porter | This was the only book father/daughter relationship I could think of. Not sure why as there are probably lots more to gush over. But if not, then GO read Becky Wade’s latest Meant to Be Mine. Oh my, goodness. Preciousness personified. (Review and giveaway coming next week, I promise.)
- Frank and Erin Reagan | From the CBS show Blue Bloods.