When 7-year-old Emily Heaton asked her father if she could
be a princess one day, he responded by assuring her that she could and then he
set out to make it happen. Jeremiah Heaton, a Virginia native, scoured the Internet — searching for any unclaimed territory — and found out about an 800-square-mile strip of unclaimed land between Egypt and Sudan. Carrying with him
a homemade flag designed by his three children, Heaton traveled to the unnamed
region and claimed it for his family, declaring his daughter Princess Emily.
Talk about daddy hanging the moon. In this case, daddy is a
With a dad like Heaton, who is willing to move mountains for his little Emily, she will begin to expect that she can move her own mountains in the world.
But what becomes of a little girl whose father is willing to
go to any lengths to make her dreams come true? There is debate that Heaton
went overboard and will scar his daughter for life because she will have
unrealistic expectations of the world. Did her daddy damage his princess?
In this age of physically and emotionally absent parents, a daughter needs a hero in her life. With a dad like Heaton, who is willing
to move mountains for his little Emily, she will begin to expect that she can
move her own mountains in the world.
Feeling protected, cared for and nurtured are important
experiences for a little girl to have. The feeling of safety, love and concern will
allow her to view the world as a safe place where she can prosper and return
the same feelings of love that she was allowed to partake in.
We see it all the time — angry little children who abuse
others and sink into the pit of despair, their lives colored by the pain they
feel as they lash out at others trying to release the built up angst. They
weren’t predestined to experience this fate. This is a direct result of their
world view as framed by the way they were treated by their loved ones.
Those who were raised with criticism learn to criticize
others. Those who were raised with condemnation learn to doubt themselves. And
little Emily, well, maybe she’ll grow up confidently trying to help people make their
dreams come true because Daddy was brave enough to break barriers to create