Tuesday, May 08, 2012

My Wild One


Mila,

Mila Mila Mila. You're four and a half this month and you are a ball of FIRE.  You are silly and wild and confident.  You are full of passion and have so much love inside you don't even know what to do with it. When you're cheerful, you love to snuggle and give kisses and sing "I love you"s through the house.  You love to make your brother laugh, and play pretend with your sister, and find ways to serve me and prove to me that you're getting older every day.

But you are intense and dramatic and haven't yet figured out how to manage your anger or frustration.  And you do get frustrated....  a lot.  These days, our home sees a lot of fits.... and it's not easy.  I won't lie, I am beside myself at some point of every day right now, desperate for answers on how to best deal with you when you can't have what you want.  Because that's the problem...

You WANT what you want.

.... but Mila, when you do.... mature a bit and figure out how to reign yourself in and think a bit before you react...

When you take all of that persistence and those high expectations and use them to get yourself more than chocolate chips for breakfast....

YOU will be unstoppable.  You will not let people take advantage of you or be unkind to you.  You know who you are and don't care what people think of you and while I wish you cared what WE think.... for now... I will let that go,  for the glimmer of hope that you might hang on to this trait through high school--- when everyone's following each other off the cliff and you're shaking your head in annoyance and yanking friends back because you KNOW what you want.

You are strong and smart and so beautiful.  I hope I can keep up with you darling girl.

xo Mom

6 comments:

melanie said...

love this post!

Megan Daly said...

I love reading your thoughts. You are such a great writer/photography/decorator. Seriously!

Love your home! I did see it on 6th Street Design. It's stunning!

Nana from San Diego said...

Your children are so lucky to have a mom who can capture so much with the written word. What a gift you have, sweet daughter!

HMB said...

Beautiful post...I share this same sentiment about my little Peyton.

Angie said...

My friend sent this to me because I was just saying the same thing about my 4 1/2 year old daughter. I hope her stubborn fits mean that she will be a leader and not just sit and accept whatever happens to her in life. I pray that we are both right!

Issa said...

I love how you can express what one feels with such ease. I am going through this right now with my little boy. In fact I read this right after having to address one his daily morning tantrums, and your words just made my morning better. Thank you!