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My daughter is awesome!

This evening, I was waiting for my new laptop to get through all its updates and my wife and I were watching NCIS while waiting, which allowed my eight-year-old daughter to stay up a little later than usual because… you know… we didn’t want to miss any of the NCIS episode to go tuck her in and I needed to be there to click “Next” on my laptop. Priorities.

While my daughter was, in turn, waiting for my wife and I to finish our important “tasks,” she grabbed some paper and colored pencils and wrote and illustrated a four-page book. Though the book doesn’t show off her graphic artistry (she can do much better), when I read the book, I was delighted… and proud. Here’s the book (click to embiggen).

Title Page
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3

Now, of course she doesn’t know everything, but if you’re going to learn everything, history and science are pretty good starting points. This creation of hers happened without any prompting on my part tonight, so I was especially pleased that she felt it was a cool enough topic to illustrate… in the 10 or 15 minutes she was waiting! She read it to me and my laptop and NCIS got ignored from that point.

I think my laptop is still prompting me to click “Next.”


  1. Joe Agnost says:

    Don’t you love when kids come up with ‘smart’ stuff like that?! 🙂

    In a similar way I was proud when my 6 (almost 7) year old daughter informed me that she doesn’t believe in Santa Claus anymore. Without any input from me she figured it out – I asked her why she didn’t think he was real and she said it didn’t make sense. All those kids, some without chimneys, all those toys, etc…. it just didn’t add up.
    I was proud…. 😉

    1. Dan says:

      That’s great! Thinking, thinking, thinking… good stuff.

      My daughter has asked about Santa and I’ve started asking questions back to her… playing both sides of the fence. I’ve asked her how she would know Santa was real and she said, “If I saw him in the house on Christmas night filling stockings.” and I asked “How would you know it wasn’t just someone in a Santa costume?” …and we go on like that. Based on some of her comments, I’m pretty sure she knows, but doesn’t want to give up the idea just yet. 🙂

      Kudos to your daughter for the sharp thinking!

      1. Joe Agnost says:

        The key is making sure she keeps this information from her 5 year old brother! 😉

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