I was reading to my daughter like we do every night before bed. She interrupted me like she does every night, but this time she said something that caught me off guard.
She said a kid called her weird. She sounded so sad, and for a minute, I was too.
My first reaction was to tell her to ignore this kid, but I paused and tried to think of something better, something that would help her for the next time it happens.
Then it came to me.
I told her that being weird is a good thing. It means you’re not like anyone else. So the next time someone calls you weird, you should say thank you. She laughed a delighted little giggle and I felt good, like I’d said the right thing at the right time.
As I was reveling in my parental sense of accomplishment, my daughter turned over, laughed again, and deliberately farted on me.
I couldn’t sum up parenthood more perfectly if I tried.