Her: We race sometimes at recess, but I never win because I'm a girl.
Me: I don't understand. Why does that matter?
Her: Because boys are faster.
Me: Oh... you think boys are faster.
Me: Do you remember when I told you I used to race people when I was a big kid?
Me: Well I practiced very hard for four years so I could run faster than anyone else. That's a lot of practicing, right?
Me: And even when I got as fast as I will ever ever get, there were still women who could run faster than me even if they were wearing backpacks with heavy lunches in them and heavy shoes.
Her: Fast girls?
Me: Very fast.
Her: I want to be fast.
Me: Then you will be.
Her: I want to be faster than you.
Me: You probably already are.
Her: I want to do everything good.
Me: Do you remember when I told you I help people who can't see?
Her: Yeah, with the special dogs.
Me: Yup. Do you remember how much I want to be able to play the piano?
Me: Well some of those people who can't even see the piano can play it better than I ever will, no matter how much I practice.
Her: Boys and girls?
Me: The piano doesn't care who you are. Neither does the ground when you run.
Her: I'm going to be so fast.
"Having a staring contest with a newborn is one of the weirdest things you will ever do. And it is highly recommended." -Ross McCammon
"Above all, children need our unconditional love, whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough." -President Obama
"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!" -Lydia M. Child
"You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero." -Stanley T. Banks, Father of the Bride
"Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That's hard enough." -Robert Downey Jr.
"A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company." - Bill Cosby
"I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter." Jay-Z
"The reward of child rearing is spending the rest of your life proudly knowing this person you helped guide. Let him be himself." -Mike Sager
"I want my son to wear a helmet 24 hours a day." -Will Arnett
"This is my most important role. If I fail at this, I fail at everything." -Mark Wahlberg
"It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping."-John Sinor
"It is much easier to become a father than to be one." -Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man
"Lately all my friends are worried that they're turning into their fathers. I'm worried that I'm not." -Dan Zevin
"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." -Charles Wadsworth
"Few sons are like their fathers - many are worse, few better." -Homer, The Odyssey
"It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. "-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
"Father! - To God himself we cannot give a holier name." -William Wordsworth
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