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On having a daughter

Leta: “Mom, I love to read.” Me: “I know, Leta. I think that’s awesome.” Leta: “My friend Hannah can’t read.” Me: “It’s okay that she can’t read, Leta. Not all five-year-olds can read.” Leta: “No, she can’t read because she’s tall.” Me: “Oh, really? That’s how it works?” Leta: “She’s tall, and I want to [...]

Deceptively calm

When she appears sedate like this you just want to eat her up, but the moment you make a move to pet her she turns into a tornado. The only time during the day when she will remain this still is from about 10 PM on when the day has finally taken its toll, and [...]