Here I am all alone in the room at 6:23AM, EDT. My better half took the girls and they are all snuggled up on the bed in mine and Heather’s room. We woke up at about 5:00AM to send my mother-in-law off, back to her cave where her caldron is probably at full boil. It was kind of cool when the Swamp Thing left this morning. I learned two things – 1) brooms really do fly and 2) flying brooms don’t leave a contrail.

This week is gonna be hectic for us as there are some very important things happening, possibly all on the same day. Tuesday the 19th is Isabella’s eighth birthday, the Wii I bought on eBay may arrive on that day and my newest fishin’ buddy, Coop is due  to take a ride on The Miracle Express at any time. Even at 54, I get excited about some things like I was a kid again – I can’t wait for the Wii to get here. I’m just kiddin’ about that, although I do plan to play on it a lot.

I don’t know why, but I have quite sentimental for the last week or so.  Much of it has to do with my oldest daughter, Isabella. When I first arrived in Maine 4 1/2 years ago, she was a blonde haired, blue eyed fireplug. Now, at age eight minus two days, I see her making the transition from little girl to something else, a teenager I guess. She’s kind of in between stages, not quite a teen but no longer a little girl. Does that make sense? I think about the future when she’s in high school and beyond, and the boys who’ll take notice of this beautiful young woman. Does eBay sell shotguns and rock salt? Issy has grown enough that I can’t pick her up and swing her around like a helicopter, and that makes me sad. She doesn’t help me in the garden as much as she used to, friends are all over the place, riding bicycles and skateboards. Think about it. If you were eight years old which would you choose? Handsome boys on bikes and skateboards or an arthritic old fart talking to tomato plants? What use to be Daddy and Issy time has been reduced to Daddy teaching tomato and pepper plants simple Spanish. I’m surely the only man in New England who has bi-lingual vegetables. Next spring I’ll be teaching the squash pig Latin.

Will You Be My Little Girl?

I’ve always heard about the special relationship that Dads and daughters share, but I was ill-prepared for what was to come when Issy became part of my life. The bond between us is something that I can’t put into words other than to say, she’s my little girl, and always will be. I remember a time about six months after I moved here to be with Heather and Issy. I was washing some dishes minding my own buidness when my little blonde fireplug came into the kitchen. She was four years old and said, “Toby, I have a question”. “I’ve got an answer”, I replied. I was not expecting this particular question. She asked, “Will you be my Daddy?”. Wow!! Talk about being knocked over with feather. All of the sudden, I got something in my eyes that made them water. Dish water or something. (cough, cough). I told her that it would be my honor and privilege to be her Daddy. A large hug between us and more dishwater got into my eyes ensued. Damn dishwater! Now she’s stuck with me! hahahahahahaha All you guys out there with little girls, I am jealous of you. I am jealous because it took me nearly fifty years to get a little girl and you guys have had them for so much longer. 🙂 I gotta tell ya, that one little question, all five words of it, changed my life forever. I thank God for my little girl, and those five little words, everyday. Now if you’ll excuse me, I got some dishwater in my eyes.

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