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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shiny Happy Chloe

Jumping Rope


Yesterday afternoon, I walked into the classroom where Chloe was finishing up Girl Scouts without her noticing me.  Amidst the chaos of a dozen first grade girls, I found my daughter.  She was wearing a crazy sweater that reached to the floor and was not unlike Joseph's coat of many colors.  She was sitting at a table drawing something with great concentration and I just stood there watching her for a while.

Suddenly, she popped up from the table, put the papers she had been working on into a big, funny-looking purse and walked over to another girl sitting at a toy cash register.  She then dug out the papers, handed them over and in a perfect Cockney accent said, "I got you some money, may I please have some food now?"

I had to smile (I mean, wouldn't you?).  This is Chloe.  At home, her personality sometimes gets lost in the middle.  There is too much competition for attention between her and her sisters  Chloe is uber sensitive, and sometimes spends her entire afternoon crying over the fact that Bria looked at her wrong or Sophia ruined her drawing.  And sometimes, she just disappears into her room and her art, like a good middle child.

But amongst her peers, Chloe shines.  She is the social butterfly--everyone's best friend.  When she turned six years old, I told her she could invite 6 friends to her birthday party.  We had a hard time narrowing down her list, but we managed.  I made the invitations--SIX invitations--and sent them off to school with her.  And on the day of the party not six, but TWELVE little girls showed up.  All with gifts and everything.  I'm still not sure how she pulled that one off, but there it is.  Chloe.

At parent/teacher conferences last week, her teacher said that she counts on her to help all the other kids feel happy.  Chloe is always happy at school, she said.  In fact, the only time she ever caught even a glimmer of sadness was when another little girl wasn't going to be able to come to Chloe's 7th birthday party last month.

When Chloe wants to learn something, she dives in with her whole entire soul.  She is focused.  She has astounded her piano teacher countless times, because she'll learn a difficult piece in one week, while ignoring the easier piece she doesn't like much.   She and Bria have both been really into jumping rope lately, and she spends hours out on our deck practicing, hurrying to do homework and piano so she can go out.  And she'll stay out until after the sun goes down if I let her! (And I did, last Friday.)

Watching her live her life always makes me happy.

When I grow up, I want to be just like Chloe.

21 comments :

  1. Oh she sounds like such a joy! I love little girls. Lael is also a full spirited 6 year old. She doesn't have as much focus as Chloe does but when you do get her to focus she's a quick learner.

    I love this age the best....so far.

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  2. The world needs more happy girls... happy, wonderful, delightful girls.

    (and the awesome mommy's who raise them.)

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  3. What a cute girl! And speaking of Girl Scouts...I haven't seen any selling cookies. I may have to contact someone about that...

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  4. What a sweet girl! It is hard being a middle child (I speak from experience) I am so glad she is so happy and thriving. I hope my girl grows up to be like Chloe. And she looks like a mini you!

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  5. What a delightful ray of sunshine. And I love her socks too.

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  6. Having a child like that is a delight! We should all be so lucky

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  7. I'm telling you, those middle children have something special. Spencer has a lot of similar qualities.

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  8. Chloe really is a sweet girl. I love the picture of her jumping rope. (Ethan's b-day is Sunday, and Aidan is getting him a jump rope. I hope he has as much fun as Chloe does!)

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  9. This was your brother Jon! Totally Chloe! Now Chloe, I LOVE her very very much and more importantly, I appreciate who she is!! Jump rope here we come!!

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  10. P.S. Yes, she does look like a mini YOU!!!

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  11. Yeah, that's exactly how I feel about Laci - I love how much she loves other people. And, she is ALWAYS happy ... okay, she does have her grumpy moments, but don't we all?

    You know, for how busy you are, and worry that maybe you're not giving enough of yourself to your children, you are very astute to who they are. You always give in-depth, detailed descriptions of their personalities, strengths, weaknesses, skills. (For all that you do, you could be completely oblivious and only sort-of know your children.) I think you should be proud of your mothering! (and try not to be so hard on yourself...if only it were that easy, right?)

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  12. I have a little social butterfly. Sometimes I envy her.

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  13. Oh, I have a Mae Mae who sounds like a Chloe (who tends to be lost in the middle at times in our family, too).

    And those socks. My girls love socks with designs on them, all different colors, matching all their outfits.

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  14. What a cute and fun girl! She reminds me of my Shellise.

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  15. How can you not be happy around Chloe. She is such a sweet and special girl.

    Man do I relate to the middle child emotional syndrome though...gabe!

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  16. Just look at her! Who wouldn't be in her circle of friends and just let Chloe shine. You are a good mom, I can tell.

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  17. What a fun post! I love how you write and capture the moments which will turn into great memories.

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  18. I loved reading this -- and I LOVE that picture. Great job!

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  19. Your love for your daughters shines through every picture you take, every word you type. They are so very blessed to have, not just a mother who loves them, but one who takes the time to record it. This blog will be such a treasure to you all some day.

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  20. I think we all need to be a little more like Chloe.

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