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Favorite Fictional Single Dad


It’s Father’s Day… a day to honor the dads in our lives. To celebrate, I wanted to listen in on a daddy-daughter interview with one of my favorite dads… Cash Walker from the Holiday, Texas series. He was a single dad to his daughter Kenzie until he met the love of his life in Cowboy Christmas Jubilee. Here’s how he responded to a few of eight-year-old Kenzie’s questions.

Kenzie: Hey, Daddy. Happy Father’s Day.

Cash: Thanks, Tadpole.

Kenzie: I want to ask you a couple questions about being a dad.

Cash: Okay, let’s hear ’em.

Kenzie: What did you think the first time you saw me?

Cash: Hmm. Well, the first time I saw you was right after you were born. I kind of thought you looked a little bit like an alien all covered in gunk.

Kenzie: Daddy!

Cash: But after they cleaned you off a bit I realized you were the most perfect thing I’d ever laid eyes on. You had the cutest little nose and I just wanted to snuggle you up and kiss your fingers and toes and never let you go.

Kenzie: What do you like most about being a dad?

Cash: Hugs and kisses. And having someone to take trick or treating since I get to eat all of the candy you don’t like.

Kenzie: Really?

Cash: Sure. Plus, you make me smile and laugh every day. Being your dad is the biggest job I’ve ever had. You’re my whole life, kiddo.

Kenzie: What’s your favorite thing we do together?

Cash: I love it when we get up early and make pancakes together.

Kenzie: With chocolate chips.

Cash: Duh. Of course with chocolate chips. I also really enjoy going riding with you. You’re a natural on horseback. You get that from me, you know.

Kenzie: I like riding, too. And going fishing down by the creek. 

Cash: Yeah, I’m always up for fishing. As long as you find enough worms before we go.

Kenzie: What are you going to do when I get married and move away?

Cash: You’re not allowed to get married or move away. 

Kenzie: But, someday I want to have kids, too. So I can do the same stuff with them that you do with me. And then you’ll be a grandpa!

Cash: Some day. No rush. I want you to stay little forever.

Kenzie: I can’t stay little forever. I want to wear a pretty dress like Jinx did when she married you.

Cash: You’ve got lots of pretty dresses in your future, Tadpole. Just no rush on the big white one, okay?

Kenzie: Last question. When I grow up will you still call me your Tadpole?

Cash: Aw, you’ll always be my Tadpole. Even when you have Tadpoles of your own. 

Kenzie: Come on, Daddy. Jinx and I made you breakfast today. Chocolate chip pancakes with lots of syrup!

If you want to read more from Cash and Kenzie, check out Cowboy Christmas Jubilee:

Merry Christmas from your new friends in Holiday, Texas:
The most celebratory town in the South!

When Jinx Jacobs’s motorcycle breaks down outside Holiday, Texas, the last thing she wants is to get stuck in the cheery little town, especially during the holidays. The whole place has gone Christmas crazy, but all she has to do is stay out from under the mistletoe—and do her best to keep that unnervingly attractive cop off her back.

Single dad and sheriff’s deputy Cash Walker doesn’t have time for romance, and yet something about the tempting loner twists his stomach up tighter than a tangle of tinsel. He may have finally found the missing piece in his life…but with Jinx so determined to avoid putting down roots, convincing her to stay may just take a Christmas miracle.

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