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Dear Eleanor, 

You are currently obsessed with the question, What? What is that? What are we doing today? What is this song? What is for lunch? What is Wes crying about? What are those whales doing on that nature documentary? What is for snack? What is for snack? What is for snack? What is for snack? … and so on. After your endless queries you maintain the nerve to ask, what are you frustrated about? 

Well it’s my turn. Here goes:

What is your problem? 

What will you do with it? 

What will you remember about what I say today? 

What about tomorrow? 

What will you get mad at us about? 

What will you think when we’re old and out of touch? 

What matters to you? 

What do you think you know?

What have you missed entirely? 

What is the deal with your obsession with pink? 

What is so terribly fascinating about high heels? 

What makes warm milk so magical to you? 

What will you be today? 

What will you become tomorrow? 

What do you need to get there? 

What is this world going to throw at you? 

What will you love more, sports or dance? or both? 

What makes a family last? 

What have I failed to give you?

What will I pass on to you? 

What will stick? 

What can I do to make you see how I love you?  

What will make you see how I love you?

What will make you see how I love you?

What will make you see how I love you?

I love you.


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3 Comments on “What?”

  1. motherhendiaries April 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Beautiful. I’m sure when you get answers to all these (and you will), you will know what a great dad you have been and how much your baby loves you.

  2. Dr Jekyll Mommy Hide April 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    This reminds me of when I was in the ‘why?’ stage, and my dad got so tired of it he started saying, “you know why?”, then danced the YMCA, emphasizing on the ‘Y’!
    That kind of comeback!

  3. reamsden April 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    This is so good. I find with most of your letters I have to come back to them a second time.

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