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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Things My Daughter Taught Me

My daughter is an amazing little monkey. While I like to think I'm teaching her a thing or two, she's really the one teaching me something new every day.

Here's the top two monkey lessons...

Lesson #1: I can do anything.

This started when I opted for natural childbirth. (Because I have some kind of Alaskan-tough-girl mentality. Or I'm a glutton for punishment. I haven't decided which yet.)

Yes, it was hard (my brain has conveniently forgotten most of the pain), but I learned I can do just about anything if I put my mind to it (and if the stars are properly aligned). Shortly thereafter, I decided to start writing books, something I'm often convinced is harder than giving birth.

Lesson #2: Laugh. Every day. 

 This is seriously what I came home to a few months ago. It's a space suit. (Obviously).

No matter how cruddy my day has been, monkey-antics are a sure-fire way to make me laugh out loud. And then things are just plain sun-shiney. 

So this post is for you, little monkey. I love you and am so proud to be your mommy.

(P.S.- Please stop growing.) 

Happy Early Mother's Day to everyone!


KarenG said...

What a completely darling daughter! And I really like this reminder about doing the hard thing. Needed that right now actually :)

Anne Gallagher said...

PS Please stop growing. Oh I hear that. Mine is 7 going on 25, with long thin legs and wondering if her bum looks fat. where is the Monster with the yogurt all over her face and wearing my slippers.

Your daughter is beautiful. And smart that she wants to be an astronaut. I wonder where she got the idea she could be anything she wanted when she grew up.

Miranda Hardy said...

Those are two of the best lessens ever. I learn from my children all the time. The most important thing they taught me:

1.) strength

Julie Dao said...

Aw, what a beautiful post! Mother-daughter relationships are the best. I wouldn't give up my friendship with my mom for anything. I learned a lot from her (don't tell her though, she'll whip another "I told you so!!"). Happy Mothers' Day, Stephanie!

Mark Noce said...

Wow, is that top pic of you guys in Turkey? How rad:)

Carole Anne Carr said...

It is amazing how young children are sensitive to ones moods, whenever I was down, my step son would dress up in funny objects try to make me laugh.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Karen--I think she's pretty darling myself. :) And yes, keep doing the hard thing. Eventually it gets easier!

Anne--I miss the yogurt monster too! (She still wears my slippers).

Miranda--Strength is a good lesson. Those little monkeys teach us all kinds of useful stuff!

Julie--That's the kind of relationship I want with my daughter when she grows up. If we can only weather those teenage years...

Mark--That is us in Turkey, in front of the Blue Mosque. It was awesome!

Carole--My daughter gives the best hugs and kisses when I'm having a bad day!

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy Mother's Day, Stephanie.

What great lessons you learned, and from such a precious little girl.

Jemi Fraser said...

She's absolutely gorgeous! Coming home to kids really is the best - nothing compares to that joy!

Terra said...

Your little monkey is awfully cute.
I studied for a year in Istanbul and spent a lot of time visiting their mosques for the architectural beauty.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Medeia--Thanks! I hope you had a nice Mother's Day!

Jemi--No matter what kind of day I've had, I can always look forward to coming home and seeing my little monkey.

Terra--I'm so jealous! A year in Istanbul? WOW!