Today, I have a 10 year old. It feels surreal. She’s the same as yesterday, just with a little extra zip in her step because it’s her birthday. But she’s 10. Starting middle school next year and giving me attitude on a daily basis.
She’s able to have complex conversations and think about difficult subjects. She’s becoming more confident, better able to speak her mind. She’s always had a funny streak but it’s coming out more and more.
She’s changing, growing up, but still the same little girl as ever. Still more responsible than quite a few adults. Still impatient. Still quiet, kind, polite. Thoughtful. Organized. She still needs to know the plan. It reassures her. She still wants to be an engineer and build robots that will be sent to Mars. She still gets frustrated when her inventions and creations don’t quite work out like she wanted. She’s still a great big sister.
But as middle school approaches, she’s been cuddling with me more. I don’t think it’s just a coincidence. But I’ll take it. I’ll cuddle and hug her as much as she needs it, maybe even as much as I need to. In the same vein, I have no doubt that her favorite characters bring her comfort she needs as her world gets bigger than her. She loves Wonder Woman, Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl, Ms Marvel, Rey, Leia, the Princeless princesses… See a theme here?
She has out to lunch at school today (5th graders get it three times per week). She’s asked me come eat with her. It’s her birthday lunch and she wants to spend that time with me rather than her friends. I’ll take it.
So happy 10th birthday to my darling little E!
(Looking so grown up…)