A Reasonable Argument...
Cute is good. Cute means getting a break every once in awhile just on the merit of making other people smile. Cute, combined with reasonably intelligent, translates into opportunities that not-so-cute and not-all-that-smart don’t always walk head first into. I’ll gladly take cute, and hope to inspire smart, and then cross my fingers for the best.
There’s a billion reams of paper, full of several trillion pages of several zillion words and statistics, that support the notion that cute kids who don’t upset people, and achieve a reasonable amount, somehow manage to succeed at a higher rate than kids like me.
It’s true. In fact there are probably several million references that I could cite, but haven’t (and couldn’t be bothered).
So we’re fairly confident that Zo is cute, at least the Zo that we get to enjoy each and every day right now…and she seems, to completely inexperienced parents, to be reasonably intelligent, if not much more than that, and so it looks as though all of the pressure is on us. If our daughter turns out to be something less than what any parent would hope for, then I figure it’s entirely our fault. She should pass grades 1 thru 3 just on blue eyes and smile alone.
If she fails to manage that then feel free to blame us…and we’ll deflect it onto any number of other factors.