Rich here. It amazes me how something completely mundane can be utterly fascinating the first time you experience it.

This morning I woke up about 5:45 as I heard my younger daughter waking up herself. If history held, she had been up for a little while and was ready to get out of her crib. Now!!! Nothing new there, and I started the painful process of getting out of bed (I d hammered my bad shoulder a little too much during my swim workout yesterday, leading to a painful night).

Here’s the cool bit. Our older daughter (who is only 3) came barging in to tell us her little sister wanted out of the crib. This is the same 3-year-old who was still calling for us to get her out of her toddler bed a mere week or so ago. Oh, she could easily extricate herself, but the habit of yelling for us to get her was deeply ingrained. She’d sit there yelling for one of us while clutching her stuffed animals and blanket, only to hand them over so she could climb out.

So I got out of bed, went down the hall to the little one’s open door, and carried her downstairs. Then I noticed big sister’s stuff already there on her spot on the couch.

“Have you been up for a while?”


“What were you doing?”

“I was giving the cat some treats.”

This is, relatively speaking, nothing. We all get out of bed ourselves in the morning and start our days. But it was the first time one of our kids got out of bed, took her stuff downstairs, and played with the cat without waking anyone else up. And 20 years from now the odds are I won’t remember it. But damn – for this one moment I was more impressed and proud of this tiny little thing we all do, and all kids do, than any “big” accomplishments (whatever those are).

The best part? She’d even put the cat treats away in the drawer.

I think I like this parenting thing. Despite the lack of sleep, large amounts of vomit I’m occasionally covered with, and all the interesting places I’ve now gotten to clean shit out or off of.

On to the Summary:

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Favorite Securosis Posts

  • Adrian Lane: FireStarter: Policy Wonks and Pests. Yes, my own post. But as Rich said, this is a huge beef we have and we see it all too often with cloud security.
  • Rich: Okay, we were a little light on blogging this week. I promise to make up for it next week!

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Favorite Outside Posts

  • Mike Rothman: How to make money online. This post actually isn’t about making money. It’s about being successful in today’s online environment. And Godin is a philosopher king, so ignore his guidance at your own risk.
  • Adrian Lane: Citadel Trojan Outgrowing Its Zeus Origins. Interesting post on the RSA blog about the Citadel Trojan – see how attackers improve their code.
  • Rich: Joss Whedon interview at GQ. I’m sorry, but I’m an intense geek and the fact that some studio tossed Joss $220M (far more than most security companies are worth) just tickles me pink.

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