The Somewhat Truth About Daughters
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I have a daughter. Chances are, you have a daughter, too. Thereís a special room in heaven just waiting for us. It has a sign on the door that reads: "Shell Shock Recovery Room. No Sudden Loud Noises!"

Iím not an authority on daughters. I only have the one, whereas you may have a whole herd of them. But Iím starting to understand some things that Iíd like to pass on to those of you who have no daughters but who really want a few because youíve heard theyíre always polite and never belch at the table (which is a total lie).

So, hereís what Iíve learned so far. Itís not much, but itís all Iíve got:

1. All little girls want horses. They will not be denied. Sure, you could use the logical arguments of high cost, not having enough back yard to keep one, a horseís pooper-scooper being called a shovelóbut when it comes to horses, little girls donít think logically. Itís best to buy them a subscription to a horse magazine and put off buying a real horse until theyíre married and their husband can afford it.

If the subscription doesnít work, maybe a stuffed animal or poster will do. If not, donít blame me.

2. A daughter is born with a telephone attached to her left ear. You probably missed it on the day of her birth. Donít feel bad; most parents do. But now that you see it, I would suggest subscribing to the "Youíve Got A Daughter" cell phone plan. Unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, no roaming charges, national and international coverage, nights & weekends, rollover minutes, and friendly customer service guaranteed for the life of your daughter. It will cost you $1.5 gazillion a year, but thatís a whole lot cheaper than if she "borrowed" your phone and sent her 30 best friends 1,000 text messages a day.

I guess you could get her a phone "only to be used in emergencies," but a daughterís definition of "emergency" is: "I havenít talked to my BFFs for nearly 17 minutes. I must talk to them NOW or the world will come to an end."

3. When your baby girl starts talking about needing to shave parts of her body, thatís when you need to start looking for a boat. It would be easier if you already had one, but sometimes itís impossible to see the future through your daughterís bright, girlish smiles and hugs that seem to say, "Daddy, I love you."

WARNING: When your daughter gives you those bright, girlish smiles and hugs that seem to say, "Daddy, I love you," sheís really setting you up for a trap. Itís just a ploy either to get a horse or to borrow one of your razors. Donít fall for it. Be a man and buy the biggest boat you can afford. Youíre going to be using it a lot, so you might as well be comfortable.

4. The menstrual cycle is a perfect excuse to go fishing on that brand new boat. If you have more than one "little girl" in the house, you get to fish twice as much. If youíre a man who has a hard time talking about "that time of the month," join the rest of us out on the lake. Weíll be waiting for you by the dam.

5. One day your little girl is wearing pigtails; the next day she has boobs. Boobs attract boys; their brains short-circuit when confronted with cleavage; but boys understand shotguns and the damage they can inflict if they donít steer clear of your little girlís "blessings." A daddy has to do what a daddy has to doówhether it be with .12 gauge or .20. And if the shotgun doesnít do the trick, try the chainsaw.

6. Don't be sad when the day comes that you must "give your daughter away." Just be thankful you don't have to pay someone to take her. Although there are times when I think the dowry system of marriage should be revised. (Those times correspond to whenever the goats are out of their pen.)

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All future suitable suitors for my daughterís hand in matrimony. You are hereby informed that on the happy day of your union, not only will you receive my daughter and all the bills sheís run up over the years, but youíll also receive three pygmy goats and their offspring, along with enough fencing material to keep them on your property and not on mine. Iíll even help load your truck at no extra charge.

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