Me: If you could tell EVERYONE in the world one thing, what would it be?
DD: "YOU ARE THE BEST. CHILD. EVER!"
This is pretty much the awesomest conversation I've ever had.
DD: Mom, if you die and I'm still a kid, would I have to go to an orphanage?
Mom: No, you'd have daddy and that's not going to happen.
DD: But what if you AND daddy die? Then do I go to an orphanage?
Mom: No. If something happens to me AND daddy, you go live with aunt rachie and uncle pj. AND that's not going to happen. But there will ALWAYS be someone to take care of you.
DD: What if our whole FAMILY dies? THEN do I go to an orphanage?
Mom: Not happening. Don't worry. You will not ever be left alone.
DD: Well if you die, how will I get to Rachie's?
Mom: She'll come get you. But it's not going to happen.
DD: Well, like, where will you be buried with the head rock?
Mom: I have no idea. I haven't thought much about that because we will be really, really, REALLY REALLY OLD.
DD: Well, I am going to adopt. A boy AND a girl. I'm going to find a really good girl and a really good boy. Getting a little cut in your belly, like, that seems like it hurts so I decided. I'm adopting. I know two will be hard but I can handle it.
Mom: That's a great idea. There are a lot of children who need parents.
DD: I'm going to go fart in the bathroom. "Let it go, let it go!!" Pfffttttthhhh.
DD and I are lying in the dark facing each other, moonlight coming through the window.
Her little hand is all twined up in mine.
An Enya song comes on the lullaby station.
She says to me, "Mommy, some songs make me feel soo.... [tears up].... GOOD".
I say to her, "Like this one?"
She nods. "This song make me feel like.... you".
"This song makes you feel like I make you feel?"
Her eyes light up. "Yes! Yes mama! All... lovey".
In their lifetimes, I wish everyone at least one deeply profound moment of being awash in simultaneous giving and receiving of perfect love.
Me: "OK, Mommy's just going to watch a couple quick movies about business"
Me: "I know, but I want to learn to be a great businesswoman"
DD: "Mom. MOM. You are ALREADY a great Mommy. And a life coach. You don't have to be perfect at EVERYTHING. Really. You're a GREAT mommy. And that's enough".
Me: "DD, I'm so lucky to be your Mommy. How did you know to pick me?"
DD, thoughtfully: "That is something that a baby never tells a grown up. It's a secret".
On the playground with DD today, while she figures out how to run with the other kids. The rules these days are:
-No tattling unless someone is hurt, work it out with the other kids or walk away
-Nice words or no words
She runs up to me, sitting at a distance, and says:
"I listened to my body + I walked away instead of saying to those kids 'I DON'T WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU'. I faced myself".
DD: (sitting at the dinner table) "THAT is a DUMPSTER"
Mommy: "Where's a dumpster?"
DD: "You know. It's like DUMB… but DUMB-STER".
Daddy: "Like a bummer?"
DD: "Yeah! A bummer but it's a DUMB-STER".
D, patting my tummy: "When I was in there, you could feel me kicking you?"
Me: "Absolutely, it was the greatest feeling in the world."
Me: "Because we didn't know what you were like yet and we were sooooo excited to meet you so it was like you were waving hi to us!"
DD, lightly knocking on my tummy: "Did it feel like this?"
Me: "Pretty much, yup"
DD: "Did I like, rip your shirt?"
DD: (Patting my belly) "Mommy, you have a big fat pretty belly. I love your big fat pretty belly"
Me: Thanks honey. I love my big fat pretty belly too.
DD: Do I have a big fat pretty belly?
Me: No honey. You have a cute little kiddo belly.
DD: BUt I WANT a big fat pretty belly. How come I don't have one?
Me: Because i had a baby inside my belly - YOU!
DD: But I want a baby in my belly!
Me: Not yet honey. You have to get to grown-up size.
DD: Yeah. I have to grow to 17.
Me. At LEAST.
At Thankfuls over cupcakes:
(Thankfuls is where we hold hands and say what we're happy about. It's our version of saying grace, I guess)
DD: I am thankfuls for a Mommy what loves me and does nice things for me and for Mommy what has a good idea to make cupcakes with me.