I’m not foolish or proud enough to think I know all about raising boys– but I do have a lot of experience and a few tricks up my sleeve. But Mary, little Miss Mary, she flummoxes us all.
One moment she is giddy and happy about oatmeal for breakfast; the next she is wailing on the floor because she spilled on her favorite shirt.
After school she is charming and delightful as she volunteers to wash dishes for Stefan (since he has three AP tests this week)
then screaming in fury at the difficulty of her piano practice.
But Hans steps in, puts his arm around her and teaches her the notes, the hand positions, the tricky rhythms
until the tears are eclipsed by smiles.
And I must say, if you’re going to have a spirited little girl, I highly recommend five big brothers to help with raising her.