A joke

“Daddy do you want to hear a joke?”


“How did the rooster get in the tree without flying?”

“I don’t know, how did the rooster get in the tree without flying?”

“A hamburger.”


The stoplight

Why are we waiting with no stoplight?

“There’s a stoplight; it’s right there.”

“I didn’t see it.”

“That’s OK. Sometimes we don’t see things, but they’re still there. Like God.”


“We don’t see God, but God is still there. Like the wind. You feel it on your face, but you can’t see it. But it’s still there. Or the love mommy and daddy have for you. You can’t see it, but it is still there. Right?“

You nodded silently.

The light turned green and I drove away.

“More lights from the aggatt.”

“More lights from the aggatt.”


We were driving through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights.

“We need more lights from the aggatt,” you said again.

“I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you said,” I replied.

When we got inside, I asked again, “what did you say in the car?”

I watched you think, a forgotten cracker still clutched in your little hand.

Slowly and carefully, you said, “The… aggate.”

I shook my head.

“Come,” you said, as you turned and walked away.

I followed you up the stairs and you pointed at the ceiling.

“The… aggate.”

You were pointing at the attic.

“I didn’t give you a hard time!”

“I didn’t give you a hard time!” you said, your face aglow with excitement.

We sometimes have trouble getting going in the morning… you change clothes three or four times, nothing is appealing for breakfast, you won’t let me brush your hair.

Other days, you eat just fine, you dress yourself, and you still don’t let me brush your hair.

This morning was an easy day. You only changed clothes twice and the outfit was weather appropriate. You got your shoes and socks on and you were standing by the door as I got my car keys.

“I didn’t give you a hard time!”

Iced tea

“Where is your tea,” you ask as we are walking out the door to go to daycare.

Usually I take a glass of ice tea with me in the mornings, and you noticed I didn’t have it this morning.

“It went bad,” I said.

“It sat out all day,” you replied.

It’s good at such a young age that you learn the importance of putting things in the refrigerator.

Folk Festival

“He talks in French,” you said as we passed a group of people.

“Actually it was hindi.”

“What’s Hindi?”

“That’s the language he was speaking, I believe. Some people speak French, you and I are speaking English, that man was speaking Hindi. There are lots and lots of languages.”

And then we talked a long time about languages, and how different people speak different languages.

Daddy enjoys spending time with you, when it’s just the two of us.