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  • I love the stuff that little kids hear.

    My husband and I were excited to try a new trendy restaurant in our neighborhood. "Let's go check it out, I hear they have lots of draft beers," I said. Kaila, our 3 year-old daughter, lets out an exuberant, "Hooray!" (although not too surprising, as she actually does like beer). We get there, and she looks around expectantly and says, "So where are all the giraffes and bears?!"

    Same daughter has been potty training. She announces to the world that she has to go potty, so we encourage her to march to the bathroom and go on her own, where we hear her say proudly, "I don't have a book mark in my underwear!"

    I love these stories, how they bring back shared memories and laughter, and how they trigger other family stories. Like when my mother-in-law shared the story that when my husband was a kid, he came home one day and said, "Mom, we had a fire screw at school today."

    We don't correct Kaila in these moments, because we know she'll figure it out soon enough. We just savor and cherish them.
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