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Today You Are Six

2013 April 9

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Today you are six.

A year ago today, I thought the baby years were past us, they had slipped away, they were but a memory. Today, I know that to be true.

Today you are a voracious reader. Street signs, the cereal box, the song titles on Pandora. You want to read anything and everything that comes your way. You fall asleep every night with a lit flashlight slipping out of your grasp, book propped open on your chest.

Today you are in karate and you love it. You have a high kick and a loud voice. May you keep them both with you forever.

Today you are a proud, but frustrated big sister. You love your little brother so much, but the terrible two’s have been pretty terrible for you, too.

Today you chew gum in my backseat (when you are allowed to have it), singing along to One Direction. You choose The Fresh Beat Band over cartoons on Nick Jr. But you still go to bed with no less than six stuffed animals to cuddle with.

Today you come home with sayings and words from the playground that make me wince a little. I try not to do it openly, so you will think they have little impact and abandon them altogether.

Today you weigh about 47 lbs.

Today you still, thankfully, stick to your uniform of jeans, tees, hoodies and Ugg boots or sneakers. Hair still in a ponytail. Always.

Today you are almost the tallest girl in your class, but not quite.

Today you still love being a mommy’s girl. You still hold my hand in public. You still want me to rub your back at night. You still give me a huge hug on the playground at drop off. And I still love it all.

Today you know more than I ever did at six years old. About the world, people, the environment, even politics.

Today I can literally see the world as I saw it 28 years ago in your eyes. It’s the greatest gift I have ever been given.

Today your favorite color is blue. You have abandoned pink and purple.

Today you asked for chocolate cake. And you will get the best chocolate cake ever. Topped with six candles. One for each year of absolute joy you have brought to the world.

Today, you are six.

Happy birthday, Little D.

23 Responses leave one →
  1. April 9, 2013

    So beautiful! What an amazing thing for your daughter to have later on in her life. Congrats on making it to six! May we all be so lucky.


    • WWGD permalink*
      April 9, 2013

      Thank you! Yes, hopefully one day this blog will be a nice spot for them to stop by in between Facebook visits 😉

  2. liz duncan permalink
    April 9, 2013

    Heart strings. pulled. thank you.

  3. April 9, 2013

    Aww, what a lovely letter to your stunning little girl. Sob …

  4. April 9, 2013

    Lovely — happy birthday D !!!

  5. April 9, 2013

    beautifully said + happy birthday to your girl. mine is six too, so many similarities, such a great age.

    • WWGD permalink*
      April 9, 2013

      thank you so much! your blog is lovely. thanks for reading.

  6. April 9, 2013

    So sweet. I got a little teary eyed thinking about my own kiddos growing up so fast. Happy Birthday to Little D! She’s a beauty.

    • WWGD permalink*
      April 9, 2013

      Ah, I know! Far too fast. Six almost seems like double digits or something to me. Leaving behind five is very bittersweet.

  7. Corey permalink*
    April 9, 2013

    Ditto on what an amazing thing this is for D to have later… love it!

  8. Erica permalink
    April 9, 2013

    Happy birthday to Big D! You write so beautifully, it is wonderful that she’ll have these posts to read.

  9. April 9, 2013

    Beautifully written love letter to your little and first. It’s a celebration for you too, mama. You’ve clearly done a wonderful job (along with your husband). Happy, happy birthday!

  10. Mary Louise Kinahan permalink
    April 10, 2013

    This beautiful post is making me cry in happiness for you and your daughter Raluca.

  11. April 10, 2013

    Love this, R 🙂 I can so relate with my own little 6 year old at home. It’s such a lovely age.

  12. April 10, 2013

    OMG I started to tear up reading this! (Me: Get a life!) So fun!

  13. April 10, 2013

    Congrats – what a great story. I’m so glad for you she a) knew your site and b) you got an extra few seconds to interact with her. I hope she visits Boston on her book tour so I can say hi!

  14. Steve permalink
    April 10, 2013

    Tears in eyes on this read. Beautifully inspiring. Gonna
    Go pick up the 11 year old boy now and give him
    a big ol bear hug. Time is so different now
    As we watch them grow.
    I love this blog!

  15. April 15, 2013

    These are always my favorite posts… I wish your littles had birthdays every week. I’m sure she had the best 6th birthday ever, thanks to you.

  16. NotAlice permalink
    May 15, 2013

    really wonderful. my girls are 15 and 17 now, i wish i had thought to write them both such a poem, every year, long ago… my son is eleven. i will begin with him. thank you for the inspiration!

    • WWGD permalink*
      May 16, 2013

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed — they have become some of my very favorite posts to write.

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