my new very favorite superhero

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not long ago, my 7 year old daughter A. drew this picture.  i love it for SO, SO, SO many reasons. and i won’t try to recount them here.  but, it really was an amazing creation.  when i asked A. to tell me about it, she politely demurred and said “not now mama, i’m playing.”   i waited a few days and tried again – “A., sweet girl – is this a picture of you?”  she looked at the picture, grinned up at me and said quite plainly and without the remotest trace of irony “what do you think, mama?”

i gave her a big hug and a shrug, and walked away thinking to myself – “i have a new favorite superhero…and she’s my daughter.”