You no longer hold a hint of infancy, or of toddlerhood for that matter. You are my little girl.
When you were three months old I used to rush to pick you up after a long day at work, afraid I had left you for too long. Your eyes would grow wide when they met mine; your arms and legs shaking in a little dance of greeting just for me. No matter how badly I felt for leaving you back then, you never cried. You went willingly to your caretakers and welcomed me back each night with delight.
You needed me, and yet it would seem that the moment your brain came to understand that you were not an extension of my body, and that your arms and legs and voice were your own, you were determined to go your own way.
And that is how we have progressed for the past five years. You are bright and inquisitive, your thirst for knowledge unwavering, your desire to be independent an unstoppable force.
You love to start your day by getting ready all by yourself. You take pride in picking out your clothes, scoffing at my suggestions or attempts to assist in your fashion sense. Silly Mommy…
You love to sing. The music that began in my soul is filled in yours. Not a day goes by when our home is not blessed with the chime of your a capella.
You are brave. We took you to a carnival this summer and you had no qualms walking solo up the countless steps of the super slide and then plummeting down to bottom. I could barely watch as my heart and stomach exchanged places.
I thought for certain I made a mistake in letting you go, and that you must have been as frightened as I was.
Afterward you came running up to me, squealing your adoration for the ride and begging to go again.
As such, you no longer needed me to hold you on the merry-go-round. In fact you instructed me not to. I remained close behind you with my hand on the back of the horse…ever vigilant.
As round and round we went I could not help but image you reaching for the golden ring, recognizing it was my place to stand aside and watch.
Today I am celebrating five years of loving one of the most amazing and interesting persons I have ever known. You are my one of a kind, Sweet Pea. I love you muy much.