I hate not having the time to jot down the little bits and pieces of the day that are made special by some small action on Trixie’s part. As every parent knows, there are a million things your child does for the first time. These are disposable moments. They light a spark in my mind when they happen; a few weeks later I don’t remember them. I don’t even remember what I’ve forgotten.

Last week we were driving to school with the kitten to share for a pet-themed show-and-tell. Trixie was holding Miss Cutie Pie in the back, playing with her. Then she told me that “Miss Cutie Pie’s eyes are like… little pieces of chocolate”. That stood out because it was the first time I ever heard her use a simile. And — I confirmed it with Jennifer later — she made it up by herself. The cat has cute eyes, but we’ve never compared them to chocolate. I like that. I like see little glimpses of how her brain works, and I didn’t want to forget it.

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10 Responses to Simile

  1. Chris Clark says:

    What a great simile! I’m sure there are writers out there (myself included) who would struggle for hours, if not days, trying to come up with something that described the cuteness of a kitten so succinctly.

    Now that’s a milestone I hope I remember when it happens for my daughter, Kaylee.

  2. katy says:

    Wow that is so cute. I miss yall….

  3. Crystal says:

    Wow, that is beautiful.

  4. Judy says:

    Those are definitely the little things worth remembering!

  5. Cari says:

    Wow. I can’t believe I’ve only just found this site. My ds will be one next Saturday and I could have used your tracking system months ago! Anyway, I love this entry. As an English teacher, I really appreciate her creativity. As a parent, I really appreciate how well you articulated “the disposable moments”. I’m an instant fan of the site and am adding you to favorites. Thanks!

  6. Jeff says:

    Love the blog, great stuff! As a new dad, I’ve gotten a lot of great parenting tips and ideas from It’s a great resource; I highly recommend it.

  7. Maddie's Mom says:

    Happy holidays from Maddie and Maddie’s Mom! We’d love to see a recent pic of Trixie…

  8. Maggie says:

    So true. Disposable moments. (been going through a lot of those lately…) Who knows. Maybe someday she will start recording them herself?

    Anyways.. thanks for passing those moments along to us.

    Trixie.. you make me smile, always.

  9. cube says:

    I can relate to your experiences with Trixie. The moments are only disposable if you let them be forgotten.

    When my daughters were little, I kept a pocket daily planner around & jotted down their funny observations. They’re teens now and that little book just makes us all laugh & laugh everytime it’s opened.

  10. I love your phrase “disposable moments” but it got me to thinking. Even thought the moments themselves may be forgotten, they still are bricks in the foundation of our relationship with that person.