Allie Turns 2 In Style!Ah to be two again…

Mood: Totally Stoked
Listening to: Cake - “Mahna Mahna” from “For The Kids”

Reading: Curious George Comes To America
Watching: Shrek 2

So, my daughter turned two today, the Summer Solstice, June 21st. Wild how she changes my life, almost every day.

For all you dads out there, especially dads to daughters, I know you know how I feel. Children are the best things that can happen to you if you’re ready to allow them to jump into your heart.

It could be the worst day at work, and VOILA! I get home, and hear the chorus of “Daddy, Daddy!” and everything else doesn’t matter, if only for a few minutes. It’s enough…that’s for sure.

The Song - I love listening to Cake’s version of “Mahna Mahna” which was an OLD song from the early days of Sesame Street. For those of you that watch this with your kids, recently they’ve been doing a retrospective on the last 25 years (or is it 35?) and the big one was “The Street We Live On” which was clips from the last few decades intermingled with Elmo’s World. If you get a chance to watch it, you’ll love it. It might even bring a tear to your eye (they show the clip from when Big Bird drew a picture of Mr. Hooper, and then found out that Mr. Hooper had passed away, as well as a clip right after 9/11 about being scared and having people to count on, etc.). But at the end, during the credits, they play the original clip of these three Muppets singing that song…totally took me right back to being 5 years old. Awesome, powerful stuff…and they say TV is bad for you…BAH!

The Book - “Read George monkey! Read George monkey!” is what I get now at night from her. And believe me, I’m more than happy to oblige! Although I do love Dr. Seuss more than any other children’s writer (and most “regular” writers, too), this has always been a favorite of mine…mostly, I think, because nowadays it’s funny to re-read and see what was in those old books. Mainly, I’m talking about all the trouble George gets into. My favorites are when he goes to the doctor and knocks himself out with the ether (I have this on a t-shirt, and it is GREAT), and in the original book when, after they get to the man in the yellow hat’s house, they have “a good meal, a good pipe, and then off to bed.” A WHAT?! heh…yeah, a good pipe…totally cracks me up.

The Movie - I’ve liked Shrek from before she was born, and she now demands to see it at least once a week, if not more frequently. It’s fine with me, because I love the movie…so, when Shrek 2 came out, my wife and I decided that it was time to see if a movie would work for her…turns out it wasn’t too bad, but it could have been much better…she ended up being fairly squirrelly, and did manage to see most of it, but at one point, she fell off the chair and landed on her back, which scared her a bit…but all in all, we had a good time. I loved the movie, by the way, and recommend it to anyone who was even remotely entertained by the first one.

So, I guess to sum up - love your kids…learn from your kids…and have fun for God’s sake! As Dennis Miller says, “they are the sponge and you are the super soaker.” Fill them with all of life’s joys. There’s plenty of time later for heartache and disappointment…actually, there’s not time for that, but sometimes we have to make time…o.k., enough on that tangent. Time to go play with the ol’ Fisher Price barn with her!


“The best place to go with a child is in their imagination.”