1. Order her own food at restaurants. This mostly amounts to her declaring, “I want chicken and fries!” wherever we go (unless it’s an ice cream shop, in which case she declares, “I want chocolate!”). But she’s also able to troubleshoot, substituting grilled cheese or fruit as needed. Just don’t believe it when she says she wants a cheeseburger (unless you’re at McDonald’s, home of the “real” cheeseburger).
2. Watch German opera. She has favorite parts of The Ring Cycle. She asks questions like, “Where’s Wotan?” She has a better attention span for this stuff than I do. (Pro Tip: This is not actually saying much.)
3. Drive a pontoon boat. She did this twice on our Cumings family trip to Bay Lake. This is probably twice as many times as I have driven a boat of any kind.
4. Wear diapers. I promised myself I would not blog about my child’s potty training experiences, so I won’t say more than that. But really, the list can’t be all bragging, can it?
5. Fill my heart with love and pride all the dang time. Parents do mention this about having children. It turns out they are totally not exaggerating. (Pro Tip: When I say all the dang time, I don’t entirely mean it–the times she’s having a tantrum in line at the grocery store or in the middle of a worship service, insisting on being carried along with the groceries, or refusing to get in her car seat? The love and pride levels are slightly lower at those times.)
What surprises have you found in your vocation (as parent, child, sibling, spouse, or whatever your job may be)?