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It has taken me four years and three children to capture this fleeting moment in child development.

For weeks Miss Olive has been presenting me with her cheek whenever I ask for a kiss. Until last Friday, when instead of a gentile head turn, she responded by turning into a pocket sized basking shark, and very gently trying to eat my face.

Call me a sucker, but I have a real fondness for the open mouthed toddler lunge, despite the inevitable string of slobber it leaves. 

Like this mama, I blame the dog for setting an example no human should be asked to follow; but regardless of who came up with the idea, this first active demonstration of slobbery affection is worth its weight in re-applied foundation.

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