The Oldest Girl turned 11 last week.

She blogged about it on her brand new birthday blog, Hooligan’s Hollow.

Her birthday and sweet, eager, innocent and hope-bathed perspective made me think about when I was 11.

My 11 year-old daughter knows more about Faith and Love than I.

Top Ten Things That I Wish I had Known When I was 11:

10. You are worth more than you think you are.

9. Hershey Kisses taste better if you let them melt in your mouth.

8. Surround yourself with people you value.

7. Never shave your legs above the knee.

6. Almost everyone who gets a tattoo regrets it.

5. There’s a cost/benefits rubric for every risk.

4. It never, ever really matters if my butt looks big in those jeans.

3. Food is neither medicine nor poison.

2. God loves me exactly where I am.

1. It’s not my fault. It was never my fault. It will never be my fault.

And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen in the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah!