I’m missing my birthday girl this year. For the first time since 2019, she’s spending a couple weeks with her grandparents, working on her French and butting heads with her grandmother (hopefully not so much this time around).
She’s got such a big heart and huge emotions to go with it. These past two years have been hard on her. Puberty hitting her full on, the pandemic that highlighted her procrastination skills (totally my kid), friendship issues at school that have had repercussions everywhere… So much going on in that child and when she had a bigger meltdown at the end of the school year, she had the courage to ask for help. I’m so proud of her for that. She’s in such a difficult time and she’s self aware enough to know she can’t do it on her own. And with her starting middle school in September, I’m happy to put that support in place for her.
She still loves listening to music, reading (she borrows her sister’s books), and baking. She wants to be an archeologist someday, knowing full well that it’s a lot of long hours of not getting anywhere. She still has plenty of time to change her mind -she has never been as focused on her career plan as her sister- but it fits her current interests. When we travel, I try to include visits to places where she can learn how people used to live.
V is still very much a hugger with her family and, when she’s in a good mood, she will chat incessantly. As much as I’m the parent who understands her thoughts and emotions, her dad is the one who gets her personality best. They do share an ability to spill anything… And her sister is the one she turns to time and again for school life advice.
So happy birthday and happy 11th year to my favorite Summer child!
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