Me: "Rome wasn't built in a day, but it was sexy since day one."
My Wife: "No that's not a saying."
Me: "It should be."
My Wife: "It absolutely should not."
I still stand behind those words and while they came up in a situation not related to parenting, they so much do apply to parenting. Raising a child is very much a day by day grind of teaching and learning to build a well rounded adult, but the foundation of that child is wonderful from the very beginning, that child's joy and laughter.
This notion can very easily be forgotten in those sleep deprived early months and also can very easily be overlooked in the constant interaction and attention between parent and child. But those moments when a parent does something silly and the child bursts out laughing are priceless, simply amazing, and indescribably heart warming. This means that all parents must train to be stand-up comedians. Love and affection are nice but gut busting laughter is the key to a child's heart. Make a child laugh and he will follow you around for more laughter. Do the same joke over and over and they will require you to step it up and be funnier. A child is the daunting critical eye of a drunk bar crowd, the over-inflated ego of newspaper movie critics, twitter ranters, and disapproving family members all wrapped into one sweet little boy begging, hanging, agonizingly drooling (and maybe also literally drooling) for the rush of joy and laughter.
A day with laughter is a day well spent. And each good day is one more day of building Rome.
Lucha needed a cone and Gunner was upset she wasn't wearing it....