Can it be that you’re really 5 1/2?
You make yourself toast and clean your room, state your opinions and take showers, spell out words and select your own outfits, leave voicemails and sleep through the night.
You dream up imaginative art projects – kites and pop-up cards and animals out of branches. You take your creations and wrap them in wrapping paper, with scissors and tape…always thinking of who needs a gift most.
You ask questions. Questions that force me to think and explain: Is hail or snow cleaner? What is the government? Can I have an allowance? Have you ever met a bad guy?
You love to cook, leaning over the counter and stovetop, perched on a wooden dining chair.
When you play dress-up with your sister, you’re usually “the queen.” Or you’re a hotel owner or a boat owner.
You like frozen yogurt and baby back ribs, noodles and fancy cheeses, fresh-from-the-garden berries and cupcakes. You like to spend time with your family, do anything with friends, jump in rain puddles, and listen to chapter books.
You want to be a nurse and a doctor and a midwife and an owner of a library. And a storyteller. Notice the AND, not OR.
Oh, and you are just like your daddy. That go-anywhere, do-anything, stick-your-toe-right-on-the-edge risk-taker. When we go on family hikes, you lead the way and scramble up to the very top of boulders (my heart, skipping a beat). When you are scolded or there is an injustice, you don’t back down – blue eyes blazing, forming an argument. Forever a firstborn.
Tim was talking about adoption and you shouted out, “Let’s adopt a whole orphanage. 100 kids!”
Later that night, you were whispering to him about how you don’t want him to get a job like other daddies. Also – you sometimes call him “Tim” (and occasionally you call me “Steph”)…which may be alarming to some, but we don’t mind.
You’re not yet 6, but I can plainly see: You are inquisitive, imaginative, a dreamer, a doer, someone who sees things in your mind before anyone else can even feel the pulse of the vision. Don’t ever question this: we are forever and eternally proud of you.