Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Raising Kids

For those who think they can raise kids with ease and have them grow up to help you without complaining ---I've got news for you. There are a few years that this is true. And this is a great time in your life. It doesn't last but a year or two, but it is wonderful. It is in the middle school years ( I know that most think this is the worst time, but it is still a good time too.)
It is during this time that one particular child(the eldest) and I had become very close. I still cherish the time that she would say she was going to get some ice cream and --Would I like some too? Of course she would also microwave it a little to soften it and add chocolate. I'm getting hungry again!!
But the best times were when she would ask me to tuck her in at bedtime and ask for my opinion on how to handle a situation at school or how to handle a personal friend problem. I always tried to listen and give sound advise. Amazingly, she listened and tried what I said.
After each "session", I would say "Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite" -- kiss her
forehead, head out the door and down the hall to our bedroom. After about five steps I heard the small voice---Daad? Then I would go back in and ask what she wanted. Nothing really--just some frivilious thought. Back down the hall and --Daad? This went on several times. I should get mad -right? N0 way! She had such a way and smile that I could only laugh. But I had to get to bed and some needed sleep. Finally I just told her I would not come back and as I'm going thru my bedroom door I still hear the familiar --Daad? and then a giggle and all is quiet.
I know she is going to have a good night's sleep and so will I.


Blogger A-Whit said...


Just wanted to say that I still need you... and your advice.

"Oh, and Daad?"

I love you.

9:13 PM  
Blogger momma-whit said...


She always could wrap you around her little finger.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

She has a way of making people smile whether they want to or not. Great story, daaad.

7:04 PM  

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