My almost-eight-year-old niece is going through a butterfly-drawing phase. Before butterflies, it was cats--each one neatly labeled "HELLO KITTY."
And before the cats were the adorable bats with their crazed pin-prick eyes.
Insects and mammals all share the same smile in Alyssa's world, and her drawings of them never fail to make me laugh. The butterfly drawing now on the fridge is sweet, and the one she presented to my St. Louis Cardinals-fan younger brother the last time I was home is also a keeper. "I love you! To: Uncle Brian, Love: Alyssa," it reads. And directly underneath the heart-shaped butterfly and pleasant greeting, in our pistol of a niece's careful printing: "P.S. The Cardinals stink." Ha! ♥