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Growing Up As Chris Kirkpatrick's Daughter
Adolescence; Part I

Daddy bought me my first two-wheel bike and taught me to ride it when I was eight. The worst part about the whole thing was I broke my wrist.

"I'm gonna let go now." Daddy said. He pushed the seat on the back of the bike.

"No Daddy! Don't!" I yelled. He had already let go.

"See your doi- 'Kota!" I had fallen over. Daddy ran over, " 'Kota Belle are you okay?"

"My wrist! It hurts Daddy. It hurts. "I was holding my wrist and crying.

"Shh. Sweety I am so sorry." Daddy said. "Let me see it. Can you move your fingers?"


Daddy took me to the emergency room. He was very upset about the whole ordeal. Mommy wasn't to happy either. But Dad was the first to sign my cast, plus he bought me a new stuffed animal!

Dad would take us all on picnics in my favorite park. We would fly kites and eat. It was always a lot of fun.

"Come on 'Kota Belle." Daddy picked me up, and put me on his shoulders. He handed me the kite string to hold onto. "You got it?"



"Ready!" He ran with me on his shoulders, and the kite would go up. "Daddy it's up!"

"All right!" Daddy said. "Give me a high five." Held up his hand and I would give him a high five. He would dance around a bit, and I would laugh.

When we went to the park not many people bothered us. But those who asked, would get autographs. To me Daddy looked different then he did when*NSYNC was out touring all the time, but people change.

Daddy went to New York for a few days. I missed him terribly, but he would call me and my brothers every night.


"Hey 'Kota. Are you being good for Mommy?"

"Of course. Aren't I always?"

"You always are. Are your brothers staying out of trouble?"

"Nope!" I always said that.

"They aren't? Well tell them to behave."

"I will. I got a 100 on my spelling test today."

"That's great. So how was school other then that?"

"It was fun. Today at recess we played basketball."

"That sounds like a lot of fun. Did you watch us on TV today?"

"Yeah. Mommy recorded it because I was at school when it was on."

"Oh. Well speaking of Mommy, can I talk to her please?"

"Yeah. I love you Daddy."

"I love you too 'Kota. Hugs and Kisses."

"Bye bye."

The phone conversations were the best part about him being gone. The house was too lonely, and I have to admit, I didn't feel as safe. Dad's always provide that sense of safety. I don't know what I would have done if my Dad was never around, it would have sucked.