Friday, May 25, 2012
I don't think it was an accident that Heavenly Father sent you to us first. I'm certain that you have always had this angelic personality of yours, and that you would have volunteered to come to us before your brother and sister, to be the guinea pig-- to let us test out all of our parenting mistakes-- and to help us become better for the rest of them. Because a: you can handle it, and b: that is exactly what you do. You sacrifice yourself for others. It's as natural to you as breathing.
I think you knew you were signing up to be the example. It is so comforting to me to know that you will carve out the first path, with a conscience the size of the Pacific and such a desire for good. Everyone who gets to be around you is lucky. Every single one of us.
You think of everyone around you... and are the first to stick up for a friend who needs it, or remind a kid who's into trouble ... that there are consequences. :) It crushes you a little when they wave you off and don't want your help... some have even said mean things to you. (When you're begging them off the black top because that's what the yard duty announced etc..) "Mom, I didn't know what to do-- I just didn't want them to get in trouble but they told me I was weird and to go away." It doesn't phase you though. Your desire to help others is bigger than your desire to protect your ego and I think that makes you a 6-year-old hero.
You give and give and give. I give you a treat in your lunch--- and you list the kids at lunch you shared it with. You get a treat at church, and you save half for Mila. If one half was bigger... you'd probably give it to her. If Mila pulls your hair and puts me over the edge so that I have to drag her off to time-out, your heart aches for her.. and you insist your head doesn't hurt anymore, and that she should come out. Then you run around the house trying to find things that will make her happy. Your capacity for forgiveness is infinite.
But do not be mistaken. You are no doormat. You are just like your father. You are sweet and generous every day of your life. But you are confident. You are confident in your place in this family and your place in this huge world as a daughter of God. When it matters, you do not bend and you can be FIERCE when it comes to defending friends, family, beliefs, or morals ... all the things that really matter.
I live in awe of you. Your dimples and your eyes as blue and big as the sky. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being mine.