In A COLDWATER WARM HEARTS WEDDING, the book I’m working on for next spring, my hero has an ornery little niece named Riley who drags chaos in her wake. She always says and does something unexpected. And most often, it’s something pretty funny.
But I didn’t have to search too far for inspiration for Riley. Mostly I just strolled memory lane and thought about all the times my daughters made my laugh.
When my oldest girl was not quite 2, we lived in Minneapolis where my Dear Husband worked for the now defunct Republic Airline. We were a one car family then, so if I needed the car on any particular day,#1 Daughter and I often drove to pick up her dad after work. She loved seeing the airplanes parked outside the hangar and talked about it to herself while I white-knuckled my way on the multi-lane highway around the airport. Here’s what I heard coming from the carseat in the back:
“Air-pane.” (L’s were a problem for her then.)
“Daddy’s air-pane.” (This made me smile. It was so cute that she thought her daddy owned the jets when he really just designed the computer systems that ran the airline.)
Then she spoke again, a little softer, but with definite emphasis. “MY air-pane.”
The logic was unassailable. Anything that belonged to her daddy was, by definition, hers. It was an attitude she carried all the way through high school and beyond. And she was right. All we have is available to help our kids and they know it. Fortunately, they’ve never abused the privilege and have grateful hearts.
OK, now it’s YOUR turn. Got any sweet stories to share about your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews?
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