07 March 2012

Happy Sixth Birthday


My granddaughter just turned six which got me searching through the photos of our recent time together. They illustrate diverse aspects of her personality and the reasons I'm so utterly in love with her.

Six of my favorite things about this lovely, dear child:

1. She confidently walks her own path in her own way. She reminds me of her mother in that way which makes my heart happy.






2. She's always up for grand adventures.






3. She likes going to the beach, likes to run and likes to swim after diving wholeheartedly into whatever water is available. It's how she lives her life, too, come to think about it.








4. She likes to play with dolls (and wear aprons and make a pretty tote bag) and lets me play with her.




5. She likes art- drawing, using pencil crayons and painting with vibrant colors. Her creativity extends to  clothes designing and we have such fun doing this together. My mother, her great grandmother, loved clothes and fabric, designed and made clothes for me throughout my childhood, and had a keen eye for color and design. It brings me great pleasure to see this sense burgeoning in my granddaughter.






6. She picked my birthday bouquet while we were on one of our adventures. She's surprisingly thoughtful that way.



It's hard to stop since there's also her zany sense of fun, like wearing a butterfly crown in the belief that she's really a princess, or putting stickers everywhere including on her grandfather's iPhone, or wearing tattoos wherever anyone will draw them on her, or leaving little love notes where I can find them and have my heart warmed…





If the child is mother of the woman, she's on a good path. She brings a unique mixture of her ancestors expressed in a sassy but sweet self.  May her journey contain all that she needs to grow into her full,  beautiful self and offer her the ways to share her gifts with the sweet face of mother earth. Earth needs her gifts.

24 comments:

  1. She is growing up steeped in the wonderful values of her family, and she is a gem. I remember a year or two ago when you pointed out that she was living in a rain forest with not a lot of exposure to the outside world, and yet she already had become a little fashionista. Isn't it a blessing that our granddaughters let us play with them? All the best to you and yours.

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    1. She is a gem and I love playing with her. Her awareness of fashion is against all odds!

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  2. That picture of her handing you the flowers is exceptionally sweet, but all of them show she is indeed wrapped in the love and care you provide, along with all the genetically driven parts of her talent, too. Thank you for sharing her with me. :-)

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    1. Your welcome. It was so sweet that she picked the flowers for me!

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  3. Yes, I share your sentiments! What a lovely child she is!

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  4. I love her spirit and zest for life! What a lovely child! Yes, isn't it interesting those traits that show up in children or grandchildren that so echo those of an older, often departed loved one? And yet, she is very much her own person. It's truly miraculous to watch a little one grow. I'm sure your little granddaughter is going to have an amazing life.

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    1. I, too, am awed by the combination of individual gifts and those echoes of others. Thank you for that blessing on her.

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  5. You have a very talented and beautiful granddaughter!!

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    1. Thanks, Nanny. They're gifts aren't they?

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  6. Such a dear, sweet tribute to a beautiful girl...

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    1. And you know about beautiful girls!

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  7. I think this is one of the most beautiful, touching posts I have read in a long time. I love your tribute to this amazing child. I am sure she will treasure it as she grows older. She is blessed to have you as her grandmother. By the way, I love this little girl, and I only know her through your writings and photos. She is amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. And, yes, she's amazing!

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  8. Lovely tribute, Mary. Your granddaughter will cherish it all her life.

    She is going to be beautiful woman, in many ways,

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  9. What an unselfconscious, delightful child!

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    1. Yes, she has this matter of fact way about her.

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  10. I am so impressed you moved to Italy, and are having adventures there. Your granddaughter is a delight and I like that bouquet she picked for you.

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    1. She touched my heart with the bouquet. When my grandson was two he used to say every morning: Let's go have an adventure! I think it's a great way to live a life.

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  11. Great tribute. What a lovely blog! Greetings from Montreal, Canada. I am new to blogging (less than two months)...and I just love your blog header. I hope to be able to put a header on my blog soon. (I am still learning the ropes. LOL!) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Welcome to the world of blogging, Wren. It was receiving your comment yesterday that made me realize how long I'd been away. Thanks!

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