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Ten un-definitive and not - necessarily - in - order ways in which my beautiful daughter delights me upon her decennial:

1. She loves a treat. Chocolate, which she once pronounced as "dotch", was among her very first words.

2. She is altogether unimpressed with celebrities. She would, however, stand in line for a Snicket or a Cleary.

3. She makes extensive and illustrated birthday and Christmas gift lists, which include things like pipe cleaners and Calvin and Hobbes collectibles.

4. She has successfully tamed a cat. I've no idea how she accomplished this but his devotion to her is remarkable.

5. She does a fantastic Grumpy Cat impression. This skill is handier than you might imagine.

6. She's been known to spend the entirety of outdoor concerts searching for sites on Google Sky Map, running down the battery on my smart phone.

7. She bluntly explains to her teenage brothers' visitors why she believes they are nerdy. I'm not sure if this is a character flaw in her or in me for admiring it in her.

8. She sometimes asks me to tell her historically accurate stories about "those queen ladies".

9. She writes books in her sketch pad and draws in her notebook. Her beat. Her drummer.

10. She is a clever, witty, quirky and beautiful enigma. Is there a more delightful kind?

(Hint: Nope.)


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