Thursday, September 02, 2004

Dinner out with the girl

W is rocking the Garden!!!!
Yep - Voted for him in 2000. Voting for him again this year.

Back to the story -

The wife had a CPR certification class tonight. She went straight from work to the class. So me and the girl, AKA Thing2, went out to eat. I let her pick the resturant. McDonalds. Oh well. Far from my favorite place but she likes it. At least the McFlurries don't have grease in them. Dinner was actually quite good. Conversation with Thing2 was interesting.

Thing1 was a piece of cake to raise. Like many kids he was a bit unsure of himself but once it hit him that he is responsible for his own actions and his own future and that it was up to him to make the most of what was presented to him and what God has blessed him with he just took off. The first few days at college were a little tough. Now that classes have started the same light seems to have gone on.

Back to Thing2. Girls are much different to raise. Most of my coworkers have kids much younger than me and the wife so they all look at me funny when I say that. The ones with girls look scared... So me and Thing2 got to talk - about school, home, her brother, and boys. I was ok till the last one. I remember what it was like to be a 13 year old boy. I don't want any of them anywhere near my daughter!

So - when one of these creatures comes calling for my daughter - should I be polishing a sword or cleaning a gun? Maybe both...


Christie said...

I have a 5 year old, on those rare occasions when it is just her and I out about town on our own, I am always amazed at the things that this child says. I worry about her turning 13, and I remember all the terror I reaped on my parents, and pray it doesn't come back to bite me in the butt. Just FYI, I would be polishing my gun when the boy's start calling. I like that you call her Thing2, it's so appropriate, at least for my children.

al said...

I refer to my kids as Thing1 and 2 for a couple of reasons. The first is for their own privacy. While Thing1 is over 18 I don't want to get his permission every time I write about him. I'm also sure he wouldn't want to be the theme of so much that I write. Thing2 has enough issues in her life so that the last thing I'd want to do to her is to cause embarrassment.

The second (and most important) is that the Dr. Suess book "The Cat in the Hat" was a favorite of both of theirs. I don't know how many times it was read. Probably thousands of times. Sometimes a couple of times a night for Thing2. Thing1 still likes to read it. They are great kids - the names just fit.

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