Tuesday, August 30, 2011

[Jon] Dearest Alice.

This post is also appearing this morning over at Dads Who Change Diapers. Scotty just welcomed a new baby and asked his readers to guest-post with open letters to their children while he's busy with the new addition. 


Dearest Alice,


Today is the day you learned how to yell at me. You learned the valuable life skill of yelling at someone who makes you unhappy and I was given a tremendous opportunity to practice my patience and mercy. One day I will look back fondly with perspective of how adorable today's acts of rebellion were by comparison, when you want to leave the house to "hang out with your friends" in a "what the hell do you think you're wearing?" ensemble. On that day, I'll know there was once a time when it exhausted my soul to shovel sweet potatoes into yours between your shouting, tears, and so-mad-you're-blowing-snot-out-of-your-nose boogers.


I love you, Alice. Tomorrow is a new day.


Dad.

it was even worse than this, she actually tried to smile for the camera.

4 comments:

  1. This totally made me tear up.

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  2. I cry-smiled too! I know how you feel Jon...see the link I shared on fb tonight from an NPR story about the hard parenting days.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/babyproject/2011/08/26/139974665/parenthood-got-you-down-youre-not-alone

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  3. Yeah, it makes me teary too. Alice has no idea how lucky she is that Jon's her dad.

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  4. I too teared up when I saw this on your own blog Jon.. didn't realize it was up here too AND as a guest post on that other blog!! You are actually becoming famous.

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