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Boyish pajamas September 28, 2006

Posted by Joe in Uncategorized.

I overheard a passing conversation between Benjamin and Rachel the other night. It was after their baths. Rachel passed Benjamin in the stairwell; she was wearing some of his hand-me-down pajamas.

Rachel: Do these pajamas make me look boy-ish?

Benjamin (after a brief glance): Yeah.

Rachel: Rats.

And that was the end of the conversation. Nothing more apparently needed to be said.

You know, Rachel is only 4 years old; she’ll be 5 in a couple of months. Yet, already she possesses so many seemingly contradicting characteristics that you’d think she is a teenager.

On the one hand, she loves being outside with Laura and me, working in the garden or pasture.

She will persevere in the heat of the summer to pick vegetables or to help string barbed-wire. And a good wrestling session can’t be beat.

Yet, on the other hand, she absolutely love the finer things that makes a prissy 4 year old’s day.

Beating her father in a game of Pretty, Pretty Princess, having her toe nails painted with glittering, pink nail polish, and dressing up as Snow White are a few of her favorite things.

Right now, I like to think of it as being well-rounded. In 10 years, when she’s a teenager, I’ll probably think she’s trying to drive me crazy.



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