The other day I was driving Sammi to school. It was the first day of 2nd grade and she was very excited. She was wearing her new school clothes and her new backpack and she was holding (of course) her stuffed pink monkey.
We were listening to the radio and the song "We Are Young" by Fun came on. We both started loudly singing along - especially during the chorus.
Me (singing): "We are young! So let's set the world on fire we can grow brighter..."
Sammi (who had stopped singing): "Uh, Dad?"
Me (oblivious): "...than the su-unn!"
Me (turning the radio down): "What is it Honey?"
Sammi: "You really shouldn't be singing this song."
Me: "Why? Is my singing that bad?"
Sammi: "Nooo... Your voice isn't too terrible."
Me: "What is it then?"
Sammi: "Well, me and Pink Monkey can sing it, 'cause we ARE young. But you're way too old, so you shouldn't sing it."
Me: "So I can't sing that song because I'm too old?"
Sammi: "Maybe if there was a song called 'We Are Old' - then you could sing that one..."
Me (pretending to be upset): "Ouch! I guess I really don't beat you enough do I?"
Sammi (grabbing her school bag and getting out of the car): "Silly Daddy. You know you're not tough enough to beat me."
I gave her a kiss and told her to have a great first day of school. She started to walk away - stopped - turned around and ran back to me, jumping into my arms.
Sammi (hugging me tightly and whispering into my ear): "I love you Daddy. I was just kidding - you can sing that song if you want."
Me: "Wow thanks Sweetie - but I knew you were just kidding."
Sammi started walking back towards the school when she turned around one last time.
Sammi (smiling): "You are still pretty old though."
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