You may sit across from Lou Holtz on an airplane and hear him tell you, "Girls are wonderful until age 10; then they're trouble. Boys are the other way around." But in fact you'll find that all children, from Day One, instill terror and joy, worry and pride, often all in the same instant.
While giving your child a bath, you will leave the room for 15 seconds to answer the telephone. Bad idea. You will return to find her face down, thrashing in the water, and when you pull her from the tub and scream, "What in the name of God were you doing?" she will smile through a white beard of soapsuds and say, "Swimming!"
And you will clutch at your racing heart and shout the only thing that you can think of, which is: "Honey, get the camera!"
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