About a week before Christmas, my daughter Miranda asked me if the two of us could go see The Nutcracker. She seems to want more mom-daughter time of late. Perhaps because she's getting older, perhaps because she feels 'work time' is displacing her 'mom time'. (My friend Stacey would like me to share with you the challenges of my recent on-ramping. There are many; one day I'll go into more detail.) For now, it's enough to know that one of the challenges is -- my children kind of liked having mom around more, and now that I'm around less, they miss me. So I wasn't all that surprised that Miranda suggested a girls' night out. But -- you know what -- it did surprise me that she was able to articulate so easily what she wanted. Because I just don't know that many women (including myself) who are all that good at asking for what we want. Think about it.