My daughter has a little notebook with a picture of Tinkerbell on it in which she has decided to write the wisdom she has gathered in her four years of living, written in her shaky preschool printing (with a little spelling help when requested).
Some are love notes: "MY DADDY IS THE BEST"; "YOU ARE THE BEST MOMMY IN THE WORLD YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL" (awwww...).
Some reflect her religious training: "i LOVE jESUS"; "THE LORD IS A SPECIAL HEART."
Some make her sound more like the Buddha: "LOVE ALL THINGS"; "EVERYTHING IS A WORLD."
There are Oprah-esque affirmations: "YOU CAN BE WHAT EVER YOU WANT"; "YOUR BODY IS BEAUTIFL"; "THINGS cAN BE AS GOOD AS YOU tHOUGHT" (has she been reading The Secret?)
But the absolute best one is near the beginning. It says simply: "DOORK LOVE."
She read it to me while I was brushing my teeth and asked me, "Mommy, what's a dork?"
I didn't want her to use it as an insult on the playground, so I told her it was somebody who acted silly all the time.
"Like Daddy!" she confidently proclaimed. I choked on my toothpaste; she didn't understand why I was laughing.
He may be a dork, but I am certainly a dork too, so together we do have DOORK LOVE 4-EVER.