There are so many things to love about four. There are so many things to embrace, so many things I want to remember and so many times I want to cuddle this little person that’s all elbows and knees into my arms and just stay in that moment for a little while longer.
She’s Candid. She’s always making me laugh. She shouted “Violet, Stop getting distracted by the cake and follow me!” as we ran down the hallway at Millennium Place to meet Dad outside. I told her that we have to cut Violet a little slack, I mean – come on, it’s cake! The one liners are hilarious, unexpected and always improve a rough morning.
The growing vocabulary. When I asked her to pass me a spoon the other night she was waving it all around the table before finally placing it in my hand. Curious, I asked her what she was doing and she casually replied that she was ‘levitating’ it to me.
She’s such a little Mom. A little nurturer. With her little sister, with her little friends and with anyone an inch shorter than her at the playground. The kindness, loving nature and empathy that shines through in play and everyday life is heartwarming to watch.
She so desperately wants to be older. She tells us she wants to be an adult so she can decide where she wants to go. She’s constantly claiming to be six years old. I stop her, look in her eyes, and tell her to slow down. Being a kid is magical and she should just enjoy every single second of it.
She catches on to everything and even when you don’t think she’s listening, she’s listening. She’s learning more and more daily from things that I’ve inadvertently taught her and these lessons make me the most proud. From the demanding I unlock the front door so she can thank the neighbor while he’s shoveling, or helping her sister and telling her Dad that he should stop being frustrated and just relax because the ‘people will come get the keys out of the car in an hour Mom said’ it’s always amusing.
She’s so incredibly independent. From making the toast to going to get the mail, she wants to do things on her own. Watching her develop these skills is incredible and leaves me with a smile.
She’s spirited. Or just bossy – but we will call it spirited. There are days when it’s challenging but this spirited nature is something that I hope stays with her for a lifetime. I hope she always shouts her opinion, I hope she always stands up for what she believes in and I hope she embraces her inner leader.