Dara has been rather obsessed lately with my face, specifically whether or not I have shaved on a certain day. She has taken to touching my face and asking if I am “smoothie” (clean shaven) or “crunchy” (stubbly): “Daddy, are you crunchy today?”

On Saturday she did this before I had had a shower or shave – at which point I was crunchy – and then once I had cleaned up she checked again. She noticed that I had shaved and said “Daddy, did you smooth?” I told her that I had indeed smoothed, and was told “Then you are not a man anymore”. I was a bit upset, but apparently it means that I was a boy instead because boys are smooth.

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