Thursday, June 14, 2012

Birthday Girl

Someone's turning 8 years old in a matter of days...

Three weeks old and smiling!

I could lament about where the time has gone or how eight seems a little too close to 10, and to tween, and to boy crushes rather than Lalaloopsy dolls.

Eight months

I could talk about Anna's spunk; her love of reading; her creativity; her knack for quickly problem-solving, her love for her little brother; her artistic ability.

1 year

And yes, I could note the way she tends to follow her parents' path in the area of athletic ability (I wish I could say that was a good thing), her mom's tendency to be melodramatic, about her fiestiness (read: temper) at times.

Age 2 or 3

The more Anna grows the more I realize she is everything like her parents and nothing like us. Some days, I feel as if she's the standout in the family. 

3 years

What I mean is, she's not quite like the rest of us. She's a little louder, has a bit more of a spark, is a little less laid back, is more bold, more take-charge.

First day of kindergarten, age 5

Then I realize that is just how I was as a kid: the one who had the personality a bit different than the rest of the family. I was the oversensitive one, the melancholy one, the dreamy one up in my room for hours, the one that everyone didn't always quite "get."

And thanks to Anna, now I better understand the way we can still completely love a person without completely understanding them.

A parent's love isn't just about loving someone who is just like us. Isn't that the way God loves us? Firstly and freely. Without conditions. Loving Anna helps me to remember that I too was, truly, loved unequivocally all along.

May 2012

Thank you for the reminder, Anna. Happy Birthday, sweet girl.


Floortime Lite Mama said...

OMG she is sooo gorgeous
Happy birthday Anna
What did you mean when you said - that she is like her parents and nothing like us - Is she adopted
( you dont have to answer that)

Deb said...

Hi there! Oh, I just meant that in some ways we are very much alike and in other ways completely different. :)

Wendi Richert said...

That awesome Anna! Happy belated birthday, sweet girl! Wow, has she grown. I love the pictures of her from babyhood till now. May the Lalaloopsies live for many, many more years before the boy crushes!