My Darling Emeline,
Do you remember when I used to sing this to you? Changing Clementine to Emeline was a far easier swap than some of the darker, more tragic lines of this American classic. We'd snuggle in tight, arms and legs entwined, and I'd try desperately, to come up with clever and soothing words that would instantly lull you to sleep.
Oh my darling,
Oh my darling,
Oh my darlin' Emeline
You are sleepy, and it's bedtime
Close your eyes Emeline.
It rarely worked.
Which should come to no surprising to anyone who's ever met you. You, my dear, are hard to convince to do anything you're not already ready and willing to do. And once your mind is made up, you are hard to deter.
Although there are occasions when you (and I) may think otherwise; I love this fierce stubborn side of you. It gives you a strength and independence that you and I have both relied on many times over the years, and will continue to drive you forward as you age.
|Sneaking in a day date after dropping E off for a birthday party|
And they are. Walking you to and from school, talking about the day, observing the sights and sounds of our neighborhood, these are the best moments of my days. It fills my heart to see you skip ahead, singing to yourself, occasionally pausing to say good morning to a neighbor. My heart bubbles over with love hen you slide your hand into mine, the gentle reminder that while you may not need me as much these days, you still choose, at least for this moment. to be by my side.
We celebrated Summer Vacation by getting pedicures and manicures; your first time having them done in a salon. You were so excited and were dead set on us having matching colors and you picked shiny sparkly blue for our toes and bright iridescent fuchsia for our finger nails. Not necessarily my first choices of color, but I embraced the moment. After all, how much longer will you want to have matching anything with me?
|Our toes didn't quite match because Emy got special flowers painted on hers.|
You're so grown-up in so many ways. You have your own thoughts, interestsm and opinions. You can carry on conversations with ease and are easily able to entertain yourself for hours. You also enjoy doing things your dad and I enjoy doing, like going to town events, or taking yoga in the park with me. It's so fun to experience these activities together.
You're generally an excellent listener. While there are occasions you still require multiple reminders about transitions, expectations, or directions, they're increasingly rare.
You carry and are responsible for your own stuff, needing very few reminders to keep track of it when we are out and about. You have a far better memory than I do, which comes in handy daily. You are such a solid reader, which helps us navigate buses and environmental print that can be difficult for me to see. You're hilarious and relentlessly optimistic. You keep me laughing and focusing on positive outcomes throughout the day. Basically, you rock kiddo.
|Swimming is so much more enjoyable now that you can swim easily.|
Emy & Papa May 27. 2017