April 20, 2011

Voluntary Kisses and Mismatched Shoes

The night before last, it was my turn to put Mia to bed (we take turns). I tucked her in, read her a story, then she read one for me, turned on some music for her, adjusted the lights and said goodnight. When I turned around in her doorway to blow her a kiss, I found her standing on her bed. "Get over here," she said. I did and she wrapped her arms around me, kissed me right on the lips and said, "I love you daddy."

I nearly cried.

Mia's in this weird, frustrating five year old phase. She wants her independence, knows she's close, and is frustrated at Beth and I as if its somehow our fault. She loves to sport headphones and dance to music, has very distinct ideas about how she should live her life and breaks out a perfect eye-roll when we suggest something that doesn't fit with her worldview. And about six months ago, she stopped kissing me. I don't know why. I didn't ask. I just assumed that she felt like she was too old for it.

It was nice to have that back if only for a night. Last night we were back to the standard goodnight head pat. Though yesterday evening she picked out the clothes I'm wearing today. Which is why I'm wearing a black suit, yellow shirt and a silver and purple tie. I did, somehow, talk her out of the mismatched black dress shoes.

Posted by Chris at April 20, 2011 7:23 AM

Love it!!!

Posted by: Dawn at April 20, 2011 8:03 AM

Boy, you are a brave man! I should suggest to my husband that he let Charlotte dress him - I'd love to see his reaction :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 20, 2011 8:36 AM

That's funny.

Posted by: Ann Elizabeth Adams at April 20, 2011 12:11 PM

I love how children give so much unconditional love. Its pretty great, sometimes as adults we need to revert back to our young selves, there would be alot less hate in this world.

Posted by: Heather at April 20, 2011 12:46 PM

Oh man, they grow up too fast, don't they?

Posted by: carrster at April 20, 2011 1:11 PM

I'm sure it's very fashion forward ;-)

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