The days have been long around here. Heck, the years. But you have made them better. You have shown me a different way in the moments where I throw out my arms and free-fall to my basest self, the one who yells or ignores or answers too sharply. In you, I see generosity in the face of brothers who often only want to take. I see a peace-maker. I see a little girl who monkey-bars between older kinds of fun and pre-school play because that's just what she is - she's a fun girl. You're such a fun girl. I love that about you.
Your teacher told me yesterday your brain is "wired for math". As a mama who still counts on her fingers sometimes, I can't think of many things that would have thrilled me quite like this did. Daddy and I are amazed at how your mind is growing, and how easily new concepts take root. Keep reading, Ruby Girl. Make all the boys compete with you in math. Challenge yourself. Embrace your inner nerd, Sisterfriend.
I've told you a million times, but it's true: I would pick you to play with every single day at recces. I would. But if they don't pick you, find another unpicked girl and run and dream with her until the castle walls rise up around you and the horses all have pink-streaked manes and you forget about the ones who hurt you long after the whistle blows.
Your hands are always warm. Always.
You gave Mommy a piggy-back ride last night. Just a few steps, but LADY. Why are you so strong???
You also pulled your own front tooth last night! I'm sorry I keep asking you to smile really big at me, but I'm a little obsessed with your grin now. More than ever!
Your favorite toy "ever in the world" is your (mangy!) penguin Pillow Pet. You don't really play with it, but you sleep with it every single night and it brings you unspeakable joy. (I don't pretend to understand.)
You named your dolls Kylie after your cousin and Dotty after...I have no idea. But I love it.
We have to tell you not to blurt out the answers before Calvin when we're quizzing him in math. :)
You love horses and cold cereal. You don't like taking showers. You keep trying to act angsty about your curly hair, but we're doing everything in our power to teach you to love it.
Your prayers hold so much sensitivity, so much compassion. You pay attention, and you understand the value of caring for the people around you.
You're pretty amazing, Ruby River.
I love everything about you. I wouldn't want you any other way.