I was tagged to choose Weekword this week, and as I was in a cheerful mood on Monday, I picked ‘Joy’. And when deciding what to write about, it was a no-brainer. Three years ago today, at 8.05 a.m., this little lady came into my life:
And in the whirlwind of emotions that has resulted from her arrival (and that of her brother) – among the exhaustion, frustration, amusement, surprise, anxiety, wonder, excitement, elation and all the others – there have been many, many moments of joy.
I look at this little person and realise that she’s part me, and part Mr S&S but mainly her own little self. Seeing her grow and learn has been a joy: her first smile, first word, the funny things she does and says, the way she sees the world – everything new, everything to be marvelled at. Rainbows are discussed for days, pebbles and shells are carried around like precious jewels, acorn cases are ‘fairy cups’. When she comes for a cuddle and picks up my arm to wrap round herself. When she tells me, ‘Mummy, you’re my best girl’. When she points at a hippo in a book and said, ‘Look!, a hippohoppamouse!’. When I’m ill in bed and she comes in with a ‘cup of tea’ in a teaset cup and saucer. And so, so many others.
So, happy birthday, Little Girl! It hasn’t been easy and I’ve felt like I’ve been learning as much as you, but you are a joy and being your mummy is a joy.
Here are the others playing this week – go check them out. And if you’d like to play, it’s not too late, just let me know and I’ll add you to the list!
I tag Katy to pick next week’s word… check out her blog on Monday!