Since the inception of TRS in 2000, I have written about life "on the road". By plane, train, or automobile, I tell the story of trips; but the real story in each one is about the journey, not the destination. On March 15th, 2008, Daddy's Little Speed Bump was born. 21 months later, Speed Bump Number Two arrived. I thought it fitting to create a place, with a Road Scholars theme, to share this new journey.

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Conversations with Kaitlyn: Make It Purple

A few months ago, I began the long and tedious process of pressure washing and staining our over 2,000 square feet of wood fence. Since the project has been occupying a lot of daddy's free time that would ordinarily be spent with the girls, I tried to get Kaitlyn involved. She was excited at the idea of getting to help daddy and arrived for work wearing her best painting clothes. I gave her a brush and a nearly empty can of paint and told her "paint all the low spots."

It's worth noting that the night before, I repainted her finger nails while mommy was at work. After about fifteen minutes on the fence, Kaitlyn noticed she had gotten paint on a few areas besides the fence, including her nails and hands. I told her not to worry, the paint would come off her nails and they would still be fine. "But daddy, I need to go in now and take a bubble bath." That was the last time she volunteered to paint the fence.

A few weeks later, after making some more progress--and getting plenty of paint on my own nails--I asked Kaitlyn if she thought I was doing a good job.

Pointing to the spot she worked on, I said "Doesn't the fence look nice?"

"No, it's ugly" she responded.

When I pressed her on why she thought it was ugly, here's what she had to say, rather defiantly:

"I wanted purple, then it would be pretty."

I never thought I'd be thankful for my HOA, but without it, I'd probably be repainting the fence.

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