Ava has developed a pretty good command of the English language and can articulate what she means most of the time. At the same time, she also has started to make judgements about her environment. This combination has resulted in what I might call “absolute honesty.” I learned in a comical way that child-like honesty can be a two edged sword.
Ava said that she needed to potty so she and I made the trip to the kid’s bathroom (“the monkey bathroom” ). I popped her up on the potty and began to wait with her. She began to push on my nose and rather hard. It felt like she was trying to push it back into my face. Finally I said, “Ava, what are you doing?” She got a serious look and said “I want you to be pretty!” But hey, at least I honestly know how she feels about dad’s honker.
Last night Ava made us laugh again. Just before leaving work I checked my favorite web page and noticed that the Dow had dropped another 250 points or so. I came home and Char had dinner ready so the family was all seated at the table. Just after we started eating I mentioned the fact that the Dow had dropped again. And Ava responded “drop it like its hot daddy!” I’m not sure if she meant it was time to drop our mutual funds like they were hot or if she simply was making a joke. Those that know us well know that she is familiar with a Snoop Dogg song by a similar name. Does the fact that my daughter knows a song by Snoop make me a bad father? Regardless, I still need a nose job.