Thursday 21 September 2017

Dave Diebold: 'My beautiful Jessica will turn 13 next year. This has me a little terrified, quite frankly'

One Father's Story Dave Diebold

'It's all ahead of you," is what people have been saying, usually accompanied by a sharp, whistling intake of air through teeth, from the moment we first announced we had a little girl.

Exactly what 'it' is, I don't know, because so far my relationship with the youngest of our four, the others all boys, has with few exceptions been pretty sweet. Sweetest there is, in fact.

I dote on her, I'll admit it. Parents, particularly dads, shouldn't have favourites – and I love and feel equal, bursting pride for each of my six-foot hairy teenage sons – but a little girl is different.

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