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May 17, 2014

Dads, daughters have breakfast date at Enid YMCA

ENID, Okla. — About 150 dads and daughters attended the 12th annual Enid YMCA Date with Dad Saturday morning.

The father/daughter breakfast is one of three family events hosted each year by the YMCA, Director Ken Rapp said.

“It is the brainchild of our Christian Emphasis Committee,” Rapp said of the event. “It is sponsored by our board of directors and Christian Emphasis Committee.”

He said there also is a father/son Bedlam dodgeball tournament and Sundae in the Park, an ice cream event for the entire family and the YMCA’s annual Day of Prayer.

Dads and daughters enjoyed plates of eggs, biscuits, sausage, gravy, cinnamon rolls and strawberries before tackling a craft project. Tables had stations of stickers, foam cut-outs and colorful plastic jewels to make the job even easier.

“This is about the same as usual,” Rapp said of the attendance Saturday. “It looks like we’ll have about 150 dads and little girls.”

Miss Enid Alex Eppler spoke to both dads and daughters, sharing her platform, “Dare to Care — Random Acts of Kindness.”

Eppler will compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, and if she wins, she’ll compete to become Miss America.

Eppler teaches physics, chemistry and biology to 8th-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders. She also teaches a hip-hip dance class at the Boys and Girls Club in Oklahoma City.

Eppler asked the girls in attendance if they knew what kindness was.

“Kindness is truly the foundation, as well as trust, for any relationship,” Eppler said.

Miss Enid then said she wanted to address the dads there and share with them some of the things she learned from her father.

“I want you to know the power of what you are doing today,” she said.

Eppler explained her father is an alcoholic, but that she has learned lifelong lessons from him. “My father is loving and kind, and he invested in me.”

Eppler shared a list of things with the dads about how their daughters learn from them.

“How you love me is how I’ll love myself,” she said. “I learn how I should be treated by how you treat my mom, whether you’re married or not. When your tone is gentle, I hear you much better.”

She also warned the fathers the things they say about women’s bodies is how their daughter’s will judge their bodies.

Eppler spoke to the daughters about kindness.

“The power of kindness is endless,” she said. Eppler said growing up she had some hard times, but her best friend helped her through them.

“My best friend is someone who showed me kindness,” Eppler said. “My best friend showed me constant kindness.”

Eppler told everyone at the breakfast to appreciate the time they have to spend together.

“Enjoy and savor every moment you have with your daughters. Tell her you love her,” Eppler said. “You have no idea how important you are to her.”

Fathers and daughters could then go swimming, use the climbing wall, play basketball and other games, or take dancing lessons from Eppler.

Miss Enid also offered a special chance for the girls: “And if you want to, I can take my crown off and you can wear it.”

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