A bedtime routine for a baby doll.
Pasghetti. Handburgers. And other perfectly imperfect mispronunciations.
Babies in sunglasses.
Babies in hats.
A 4-year-old wearing his Halloween costume to school in April.
An inability to whisper.
Homemade birthday cards.
Conversations with imaginary friends.
A big smile with only two bottom teeth.
Flushed cheeks and damp hair after a nap.
Waving "bye bye." But doing it backwards.
Left shoe on the right foot, right shoe on the left.
A book read out loud by a child who can't actually read.
Galoshes. With a tutu.
Songs sung in the bathroom.
Freshly combed wet hair.
Closing one's eyes to disappear.
The hand motions to "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
Their sense of wonder.
And their innocence.
- That big breath before blowing out the birthday candles.
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