My little light is nine years old today! I always mention how sweet, kind, and gentle she is. How maternal she is with her sister and cousin. And she is all those things! But her other qualities are coming out more and more.
At the beginning of the school year, her teacher asked everyone in the class to write four words describing themselves. She said quiet (yes), kind (yes), respectful (yes), and funny (what?) And the thing is, she actually is funny. She hams it up at home, acting silly just to get a laugh out of us. (It’s very cute.)
After working hard in the third grade to adapt to a new school and environment, I’ve seen E develop a lot more confidence. The child who used to hide behind me when people spoke to her is now going out to lunch on her own (with friends) twice a week. That means she’s actually doing her own ordering. When she sees a friend, she doesn’t need me to go over with her so she can say hi. And she’s started walking to school on her own! Her sister was making her late so now she just takes off without us. Where did my baby go?
(She was so round!)
Math is still her favorite academic subject. And she still wants to be an engineer. She wants to make robots! I think her first one is supposed to be a robot who can make her bed (she has the top bunk)…
She still loves to read and we can lose her for hours on weekends if she’s plunged in a book she really loves.
E has started playing the viola and is doing well. She loves it and has even composed her own music.
So here’s to a happy birthday to my beautiful, creative, intelligent, kind, quiet, respectful, AND funny girl! I love you and I love watching you grow up.