While David was helping me with our new used car, his daughter, Rachel, and stepson, Grayson, played some b-ball with Cooper ...
When we found out that Child 2.0 was a girl I admit to being more than a little excited to being able to shop in the pink aisles.
I am very much looking forward to butterfly kisses as Penny goes to school, buying her a pink Red Sox cap to wear at baseball games, and listening to the screeches of a handful of girls during a sleepover in her bedroom as big brother Cooper flirts with them by showing off how he can burp the name of Thomas and all his locomotive friends.
Sure, she may not put baseball cards in the spokes of her bicycle or watch John Wayne marathons with me, but she likes to be tossed up and down as much as my boy does, and as our Native Americans would say in the movies, she is “strong like ox.”
Although it seems pretty well established that Cooper looks like Darling Valerie’s side of the family – I’m OK with that as long as he has my height (6’4″) and not her’s (5’2″) – so far little Penelope, however, apparently looks just like me.
To which I conclude that I would have been an adorable girl.
As much as I look forward to a life with a Daddy’s Little Girl, I begin to hear the stories of when girls get older. I mean, the Bible may provide all I need to be a mentor to my kids, it’s not an instruction manual. Not even Paul could have anticipated texting and All-American Girl.
Facebook especially gives me the chills, reading accounts of friends dealing with Teenage Daughter, and listening to Focus on the Family on the radio only exacerbates my fears of Rebellious Teenage Daughter, what with her going off to the sock hop without my permission and listening to that rock and roll music that makes you swivel your hips.
Before we get to those scary teenage years, here is my list of the Top 5 Things That I Will Have To Work On With Having A Daughter:
1. Hair – I haven’t owned a brush since college. You really think I’m ready to braid her hair? Ponytails all around!
2. Clothes – I will not be involved in anything that involves color-coordinating unless the “80s-era Cyndi Lauper” style makes a comeback.
3. Boys – I have a little bit of experience with this, having been one in my heyday. Boys are icky and always wanting to put their dirty paws on the little lasses. If she bats one of her long eyelashes, one thing leads to another and before you know it they’re couple skating to Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” next to me and Darling Valerie. How embarrassing.
4. Tea parties – This involves sharpening my acting skills. Just how delicious is this tiny cup of invisible tea?
“Mmmmm! Best cup of Earl Grey – hot – that I’ve ever had!”
“Daddy, who’s Earl Grey?”
“Sorry, Sweet Pea, that’s a Star Trek reference.”
5. Entertainment – Am I ready for Bieber Fever? Or whomever teen celebrity is big in six years once he’s gone the way of the New Kids on the Block? Do I have to watch every cheesy Disney show with The Next Breakout Kid Star, or just one or two to share her interests?
With all of those things, there is one thing that I can provide that will make up for my shortfallings, and that is to give precious Penny my time.
Her hair may not be brushed and she my roll her eyes at my ignorance of the big stars, but so long as I make the effort, train her in the ways of the Lord and infuse some of my humor, we’ll all get along splendidly.
Cooper had a very good time helping out Mr. David fix the radiator hoses on the new used car!
Cooper was very excited to go on the carousel at Wolfchase for the first time, but once he was riding on it he didn't seem eager to try a second time ...