excerpted from by Michael Mitchell 105. Let her steal your nose from time to time. I promise she’ll give it back eventually. (photo: guzi4real) 104. Staring contests are a great way to pass the time. Making faces at her will give you the advantage in more ways than one. (photo: unknown)
excerpted from by Michael Mitchell 109. Teach her to appreciate a good book. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.“ -Emilie Buchwald (photo: to kill a mocking bird) 111. Teach her to shoot a gun… even if it’s just a Nerf gun. A girl with the confidence to fire a weapon can…
Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.
I reached down to grab my heavy duty, several-ply stainless steel half baking sheet that I love so much. I hesitated, and instead opted for a small, flimsy baking sheet I knew had come with a toaster oven from a marriage gift twenty-five years ago. I wanted to make sure that the equipment I was using honored the entire nineteen and one-half years of my daughter’s existence.
Call me boring, but I read those two paragraphs and I can’t wait to be able to play Chutes and Ladders on the living room floor with my little Izzy in a few years. The idea of running to Home Depot or Lowe’s for some project and having her be able to come along with me thrills me to my core.