A few weeks ago I heard my husband reading Princess Bunny to the girls. This Sleeping Beauty-inspired bunny book is a favorite of Meg and Clare's. They even dress like Princess Bunny by putting on their bunny ear headbands from Easter with their princess dress-up clothes. There is absolutely nothing masculine about this very, very girlish book. Every word of the book must have been painful to my husband, but he willingly read it...and that's what made it so sweet.
I am always quick to point out to my husband those times when he is ignoring the girls or not being quite as helpful as he could be. I am not as good at telling him how wonderful I find these quiet moments when he puts aside his interests and focuses solely on them. It must be so hard on him. He is the only male in the house with a wife and three daughters. This experience comes after being raised in a family with no sisters and attending an all boys high school. His home life now consists of tea parties, princesses and fairies. But he's put his own stamp on things. He is teaching the girls about his favorite topic--the liturgical calendar--and they often ask, "What special day [i.e., saint day] is it today?" Clare can tell you that her favorite Star Trek character is Dr. McCoy, while Meg's favorite is Spock. Both girls are able to give me updates on the Patriots after watching the football game with daddy for awhile. He may be at a loss to understand the females of the house at times, but daddy is still holding his own.