You know, they might not realize it at a tender age - or they may indeed but then promptly forget it in their teens - but little girls truly need their fathers.
Like, a lot.
As a toddler or young'un, there's no man in the world a little girl looks up to more than her dad. Period.
However, typically speaking, that little girl tends to lose sight of just how brilliant, brave and all-around swell her father is during her attitude, er, I mean adolescent years.
She tends to view him more as the enforcer at that point. You know, the keeper of the keys to the castle - and the car, natch. The curfew-maker. The boyfriend hater. The report card police. The "as long as you live under my roof, you'll abide by my rules" guy.
But, a few short years later, she starts to acknowledge that all of those regulations and stipulations were for her own good - and imposed for her safety, well-being and overall healthy life adjustment, by the way.
And, when she becomes a parent herself, she realizes quite clearly all that her dad (and her mum, too!) has done to protect, guide and support her and it dawns on her how incredibly grateful she is for it.
Over the years. I've told you lots of random things about my dad - much to his chagrin, in a way, since he's so fiercely private.
But, he's taught me so much in my lifetime and only in my middle age do I get it: It's an education that just continues to provide me invaluable information every single day.
And so, in honor of my pop, here's a little something I like to call, "The OlderYou Get, the More You Need Your Daddy."
Reason No. 1: No one will ever have your back quite like Dad.
Whether it's defending you against some bozo who cut you off in traffic, cheering you after a difficult day at work or bolstering you when your own offspring gives you more lip than Lisa Rinna after a Botox injection, Dad will blindly shield his little girl at all times and from literally any and every faction opposing her, no questions asked.
Reason No. 2: Only Dad will give you honest critiques when you need them most.
Whether you're buying a car, a house or a new life insurance policy, Dad will point out all the facts, give you no-nonsense advice and call a spade a spade even if it means letting you know that you are heading down a ridiculously misguided (aka bone-headed) path. And he'll put you back on the right one, too.
Reason No. 3: No one but Dad can simultaneously endorse both your parenting skills and your child's right to voice his own opposition to you.
This one is tricky because, although your dad may have grounded you for a month for saying something far less insubordinate than he hears your kid pop off at you - he will somehow all-at-once point out both of your strongest talking points and magically find some common ground on which you can both stand firm. You'll even end up laughing at a potentially volatile situation - all thanks to Dad.
As for my own dad, he's part Superman, part Confucius, part Bill Gates, part Bruce Lee and part Luciano Pavarotti. He's a tireless guardian, a trusted mentor, a guidance counselor and a security officer. He is the Grandpa of the Millennium.
Yep, I'll never stop needing my daddy. And today, I'm wishing him the happiest of Father's Days. Thanks for everything and I love you, Pop!
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist and a bit of a Daddy's girl. Mommy's, too, actually! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.