While you're in the parenting trenches it's difficult to have perspective. But sometimes, when a calm comes over the home and you find yourself smiling instead of angrily buttering toast, you realize, "Wow, I'm going to miss these things when he's older."
- How much he wants me around.
- How he always skips the number four when counting to ten.
- That he thinks there are a million pennies in a dollar.
- The way he pronounces S from the back of his throat.
- How he takes his shirt off by sticking his arms through the neck hole.
- That he doesn't know when to end a hug.
- That we do three kinds of kisses: "gentle," "wet," and "dry." If I could keep only one, it would be "gentle."
- That he can't say the alphabet without singing it.
- How uncomplicated he is.
- That he hides his shoes inside of mine.
- His inability to lie.
- The look on his face when he tries to.
- The year he said "I do!" instead of "Yes."
- How small he looks on the sofa.
- That he eats a hot dog like corn on the cob.
- His complete lack of self-consciousness.
- That he made up my new favorite word, whobody. "Whobody can race to the kitchen first?!"
* From This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists, by Jason Good. Copyright © 2014 by author. Printed by permission of Chronicle Books LLC.
Kids Talk About Loving Their Daddy
Originally published in the June 2014 issue of Parents Magazine.