I’ve called her Darling Daughter in this blog for the 5+ years I’ve written it.
Since the day she was born and still to this day, I feel lucky. I love every bit of her personality–wouldn’t trade her for any other little girl in the world. She is Perfect. Just as she is. Not like anybody else; unique, and unique in her outrageousness, always has been. Never what I’d call an “easy” child, but I LOVE that about her. Her sense of humor, intelligence, drive, guts, compassion, kindness, her softness with little kids and dogs, her generosity with her brother, and her (sometimes) patience with me. And that whole mix of complexity that is Darling Daughter. I especially love the “college” version of her, because she’s matured, grown into her personality, and she’s far more relaxed than she was in high school, her younger years.
Riding in the car…
Riding in the car not too long ago, she was mumbling.
DARLING DAUGHTER: I’m praying. For patience.
ME: What prayer?
DARLING DAUGHTER: Not saying a specific prayer. Just talking to The Lord.
Driving with me apparently didn’t “feel safe” to her.
Speaking of cars…
We tend to have a lot of cars in the driveway, a lot of the time. Last fall, I got a new Mazda. Only had it a few months when I noticed a large dent in its side. The kids were both home on Winter Break (Christmas vacation).
ME (TO SON): Did you see the dent in the car?
SON: Yeah. Just noticed it. Did you hit something?
ME: Me, too. And no, I didn’t hit anything.
Son and I were at the dining table. Daugther was at the stove, scooping dinner onto a plate.
SON: Maybe it got hit in the school parking lot?
ME: Could be.
DARLING DAUGHTER: Yeah. Let’s go with that…
Son and I turned (at the same time) to look at Daughter. Her back was to us. She was still loading her dinner plate.
DARLING DAUGHTER (Heading over to table): That might have happened.
SON: Did you hit it?
DARLING DAUGHTER: Yeah, but I didn’t know it left a dent–with all the snow on it.
DARLING DAUGHTER: A while ago. I backed into it, when I was trying to get out of the driveway.
This was NOT a small dent. But we laughed, continued with dinner. It was a newer car, but just a car. Nobody was hurt.
Also last winter…
We suspected there might be a mouse (can’t even think of their being mice…) in the house. I was freaking out. Not handling it at all well. Was looking for contact information to call Orkin Pest Control.
SON (Deadpan): Just give Lenny a call.
DARLING DAUGHTER: Nick just referenced a piece of classic literature, one still considered important enough for high school student reading–in regular conversation.
Son smiled at her.
DARLING DAUGHTER: Let’s just take a moment…
DARLING DAUGHTER: …to thank me for making him take those classes.
She referred to the Honors/Advanced Placement track she worked out for Son before his freshman year of high school. Darling Daughter has always guided him with his class schedules. I generally have no idea what he is taking.
She also spoils her brother…
Son googled sneakers one evening, while doing homework. I rang my daughter.
ME: What are you doing? Nick seems to be looking at shoes…
DARLING DAUGHTER: I’m not looking for any shoes.
DARLING DAUGHTER: But if HE finds them, he can have them…
ME: His homework isn’t done. He’s searching for black PF Flyers (from The Sandlot).
DARLING DAUGHTER: Tell him he can have them after his homework is done.
She is a second mother to her brother. Takes him to concerts, buys him things when they go shopping together, helps him with homework, and talks to him about college, life, relationships, just about anything. She is truly a model Big Sister to her brother. She is often his first call when there is big news–both good and bad.
“Darling Daughter” Daisies…
There’s something about daisies that has always made me happy. When I started playing with stones, fashioning a trail of daisies on a pale green canvas, I was thinking of my daughter. She identified strongly with the piece. Said I couldn’t sell it. That was the fall of 2014.
I ended up having prints made in the Spring of 2015, because many people wanted it. Each time I put a print together with a vintage frame, it’s gone. They sell very quickly. Darling Daugther has the print above her bed at college.
Those are the links for anybody interested in seeing the print. The original is sold.
To celebrate my new Shopify site, my Daughters print is on sale all week.