I’ve used at least a dozen different nicknames for my daughter. Most of them I use just between her and me, my way of writing some footnotes on her entry in the Book of Life. Once I accidentally used one such name in front of a friend, who asked me, “why do you call her Perfect Cheeks?”
I stated the obvious, “Because she has perfect cheeks.”
Her chi is perfect as well, so she is also my Perfect Chi.
She is perfect for me because she told me at age four that my shampoo smelled like a poison pen.
She is perfect when she pretends to be a Japanese man on Twitter, convincingly.
She was perfect on the bus trip to Ohio Caverns when her classmates were messaging on Nintendo DS and never guessed she was the one trolling them as Mr. Saturn.
She was perfect when she told me that David Bowie and some cats have heterochromia, not dichromatism.
She was perfect when she remembered during a power outage that Chris Griffin’s artist name on Family Guy was Cristobal.
I am blessed.