We have always called her our Monkey, but I think we should have nicknamed her Mountain Goat. This girl loves to climb. One of the best things about being a parent is sharing my favorite things with my kids - the beach, reading, skiing, animals - and watching them fall in love too. But as they get older I realize it is just as thrilling to watch them discover their own passions. Ella climbs. She isn't afraid and will gladly accept any challenge to try another trail, or to reach the top. My heart races in fear that she will need me to rescue her - heights are not my favorite thing. But she never does. She perches on rock walls, in the limbs of trees, and the tops of the playground with the cutest, smuggest, proudest damn smile you've ever seen.