Monday, February 16, 2009

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

I don't devote whole posts specifically to my girls often for many reasons. I haven't written much about my Biggest in particular because in some ways she is sacred ground to me. She is such a funny combination of character traits and gene compilation, mere words don't seem to do her justice.

At age 8, she loves math and science, yet she asked for an art set for Christmas because she wants to be an animator when she grows up. She laughs at all my lame jokes. She laughs often and with heart. She plays with her little sisters, calling Middlest her best friend. She can amuse herself for hours. She doesn't given up, although she can be easily frustrated. But eventually she tries again and again, until she succeeds.

When she was nine months old she stopped growing. Failure to thrive, the doctors called it, as it stretched into 12 months and 18 months. Every test was performed, every specialist was seen. She was tiny, weighing less than 18 pounds on her second birthday. But she was thriving, answering doctors questions in complete sentences. And slowly she made her way back onto the growth charts and we made our way out of that dark and confusing time that lacked answers, but was full of miracles.

We call her the Diplomat because she always tries to be fair to both sides. Which one is your favorite? her dad always wants to know. Both, she always answers. Both friends, both toys, both characters, both moments.

She has played and loved soccer since she was three. She has a plan. She plans to play soccer all through school, maybe even in college, maybe even professionally. Maybe the Olympics. Then she will be an animator. Or a teacher. Or an art teacher and soccer coach.

I know she is only eight and the long road ahead only get harder. But I think this one is going to be okay. She may not always laugh at all my lame jokes, but I will always be her biggest fan.


only a movie said...

She is so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing. So nice to get a little peek into your world. :-)

Beth said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daughter. She sounds delightful! And it isn't usual for the oldest to be the diplomat. That does make her special.

creative kerfuffle said...

she's soooo pretty : ) i love the things she wants to be when she grows up. my "biggest" also had the failure to thrive thing, though her's was at 6 wks and she ended up in the hospital. there were tests and years of bi-weekly dr. visits etc. but she too is just fine now.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Eight is a great time. Your daughter is lovely and sounds like she will grow into a wonderful woman whose friendship you will cherish.