Up As Chris Kirkpatrick's Daughter
Adolescence; Part II
on a school field trip with my class once. He signed up to be a chaperone.
All of my peers liked him, and wanted Daddy to come back.
do we want to go next?" Daddy asked. We were walking through the
One of the boys in our group said.
Does everyone want to go there?"
Onto the tigers then." Daddy held onto my hand as we walked through
being in the gift shop, and Daddy bought everyone some candy. Which
we didn't need, but he did anyway. Daddy went on a lot of the field
trips that me and my brothers went on for school.
was ten, I begged my parents to let me play basketball. Mom was very
hesitant, but Daddy was excited. Mostly because my brothers weren't
playing any sports.
game 'Kota Belle." Daddy said. He gave me a hug.
you see me score?" I was very excited about that.
did. You did a really good job sweety."
smell though." Daddy laughed.
can go home and you can take a shower 'Kota."
went out to eat after the games. Daddy let me pick. I could tell my
brothers were jealous, but they got all the attention from my Mom.
us camping one weekend. He was a little upset because Mommy couldn't
come. Setting up the tent was always a major project for our family.
get that pole."
So what should I do with it?"
it through here." Daddy lifted up one corner of the tent.
the worst part about camping. But for some reason as soon as we got
it up, and I was inside, it collapsed. Daddy thought it was the funniest
thing. I of course was VERY upset about it.
laughing Daddy!" Whining, always seemed to work.
sorry 'Kota Belle, it was just funny." He gave me a hug, and kissed
apologized. He is really a great Dad no matter what others think.
was twelve, I cut my hair. Daddy was very upset that I would do that.
But having long hair was annoying.
What did you do to your hair?" Daddy asked. Mommy and I had just
gotten back from the hair parlor.
got it cut."
you do that? You have such pretty hair."
it looks fine. She can get her hair cut if she wants." Momma said.
it's not that short." I said.
suppose." Daddy sighed.
had that reaction? I don't know. I guess maybe to Daddy it met I was
getting older. Daddy never wanted me to grow up but I did!
To me it
seemed like it never really bothered my Dad to be in the public eye.
I'm sure sometimes it did and still does though. It bugged me once I
was old enough to realize what it can do to you.
was on tour, it was supposed to be their last one, but of course it
all of us, because it was during our summer vacation. I came aware of
how 'annoying' the fans and press can be.
aren't you Dakota Kirkpatrick?" A girl, who looked about eighteen,
asked me. I was just walking around the venue checking things out.
I was annoyed, not only because of her, but because Daddy had been to
busy to see me before the concert started.
this is so cool." She said.
Whatever. I don't want to be rude or anything, but I have to go."
I turned to go backstage and she followed just talking, I of course
After the show I told Daddy about the girl. He just said not to worry about it, and that next time I go out in the crowds I should have a body guard. That ended up being a pretty neat summer, considering the circumstances.