Out of the mouths of babes…

Scene I: Deb and Li are at the local public library. Deb recognizes a friend named Steve, who comes over. Deb introduces him to Li.

Deb: “Li, this is Steve.”

Li (looking a little puzzled, to Steve): “You are not a monkey.”

Steve (pauses, lacking any context for such a statement, and replies): “That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me today.”

The background for this one is that Deb and Li were just returning a book to the library where one of the main character’s friends was a monkey named Steve.

Scene II: Deb and Li are at home. Deb is having one of “those” days, and is struggling to get the lid off the container of M&Ms. Eventually, the lid comes off unexpectedly and M&Ms explode out of the container and scatter all over the kitchen floor.

Li: “Daddy doesn’t open it that way.”

(Non-)Traditional Gifts

Ian and LiThe traditional gift for marking a twentieth wedding anniversary is china, and I find it very fitting as Deb and I celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary today that we have been given a gift that fits that tradition in a very non-traditional way in our daughter Li. What better gift of China could one possibly hope for?

Happy twentieth anniversary, Deb! I believe we have in fact been given three incredible gifts: our son Ian, our daughter Li, and each other. How richly  we are blessed. I love you more than I will ever be able to convey in words here…