These two are out on a date tonight. (Not sure if that's a mafia sign or a gangster sign that Josh Downs is flashing.)
We've never had a pre-teen girl in the house before, so this is new territory for us, but we read somewhere (and that somewhere is here) that dads should take their daughters out on dates - not just spending time together, but actually going on planned, formal dates.
The objective being to get our daughters so accustomed to being treated with care and respect in a dating environment, that they would immediately recognize and reject any guy that wasn't treating them the right way.
So she put on a dress and he put on a button-up shirt to make it look official, and while he was doing so, I reminded him of how important communication skills are on dates, and then when I noticed she was already waiting for him in the car, I motioned for her to come back inside so I could spray a tiny bit of perfume on her (because let's not overlook the importance of smelling subtly good) which worked out perfectly because it gave her dad a second-chance to open the car door.
And as they were pulling out of the driveway, Josh said to me, "Hey baby, you dropped something on the ground." and when I bent over to pick up what looked like the appointment reminder card that I got from the kid's orthodontist yesterday, I heard Annie holler, "Mom, dad just threw that out the car window so he could watch you pick it up."
Which sets the stage perfectly for yet another important dating lesson...Courtney, if you're ever out on a date and a boy tells you that you dropped something on the ground, don't fall for it.