Ring Finger Promise (a variation on the Pinky Promise), with the Special Uncle. Ever since he hepped her to this last Sunday, she has been wanting to exchange Pinky Promises with me every night when I tuck her in.
I say I promise to love her for ever and ever and ever (and I keep to myself all the lugubrious thoughts about how I will continue to do so from the Sweet Hereafter, too, and I want her to know this from her earliest memories). She thinks a moment, and promises that the curtains will always be there.
I promise to try my hardest to understand her, even when she grows and changes. She smiles and looks at me funny and says “I’ll always be me, even though I grow up.” And then she goes back to promising that she’ll always clean up her room.