06/02/2013 10:33 am ET | Updated Aug 02, 2013

24 Reasons Little Children Make Us Smile

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  1. That big breath before blowing out the birthday candles.

  • A bedtime routine for a baby doll.
  • Pasghetti. Handburgers. And other perfectly imperfect mispronunciations.
  • Babies in sunglasses.
  • Babies in hats.
  • Baby thighs.
  • Babies.
  • A 4-year-old wearing his Halloween costume to school in April.
  • An inability to whisper.
  • Homemade birthday cards.
  • Handmade jewelry.
  • 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.
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