A birthday-daddy-daughter-date conversation with my daughter who turns 5 this week:
Ruby: Dad, I’m going to blow my straw wrapper at you.
Me: (Looking up from the menu, to get an awesomely unforgiving plastic straw wrapper launched into my eye ball. )
Ruby: I told you. (giant smile on her face)
Me: (laughing a bit to let her off the hook…..after all, she did warn me.) So, you’re turning 5! That’s really big, eh? What was your favorite part about being 4?
Ruby: Umm…probably…..hmm…..my birthday?!
(both laugh a bit, sip coffee/chocolate milk)
Me: So tell me, Ms.Soon-to-be-5-year-old, what is something you’re afraid of?
Ruby: (no hesitation here) Poison. Dad. Aren’t you afraid of poison too?
Me: Well, I guess, I’m a little afraid. But I don’t think I need to be too afraid. Poison can’t jump at me, and I don’t think I’m going to eat any today.
Ruby: Yeah, well, I also think…..daddy long legs too. Because one time a daddy long legs……well, maybe not that much. But definitely poison.
Me: Gotcha. Well I’ll make sure you don’t get any poison today, okay? So let’s see, what else….what do you want to be when you grow up?
Ruby: Um….probably……a vet. (nods with a smile, as if she’s just come to the most logical conclusion)
Me: Very cool…..because you really like animals, huh?
Me: So Ruby, I want to tell you something really important. Something that I try to make sure I tell you often, but especially want to tell you today while we’re together. Do you know what God’s done?
Ruby: Um…..he made your farts smell good?
And boom. Right there I realized I was parenting my own 5 year old self. Class clown. Everything’s potentially humorous. I’m sure my mom is loving that it’s come full circle. 🙂
Me: Well, no…even you know that’s not true. I meant God has done big things to make sure that your heart can be filled with his love. Filled in ways that change the world….whether you become a vet, or a mom, or a missionary, or a super-hero that saves people from poison. Isn’t that awesome?
Ruby: Yeah! I don’t want bananas on my pancake.
Me: I know, you told the waitress that.
Ruby: Or poison.
Me: I think she’ll know that already. 🙂 Did you hear what I said about God’s Love?
Ruby: (like a teenage girl in an SNL skit) Yeeeeaaaahhhh. Daaaaaaad. I knooooowwwww. I’m changing the world.
Me: (smiling) Exactly. I love you, Ruby Anne.