She makes me so proud.
She is obviously not of my gene pool, and what she is is so different, and so amazing!
At her age, I was shy, introverted, dreamy, and self-protective. She is extroverted, social, stubborn, organized, determined, independent and smart.
She loved school from the get-go.
This is her first year in preschool (at age four) because I wasn't ready to give her up last year. But she is an eager and willing student. She started out in half-day preschool five days a week, but quickly transitioned to full-day as soon as a space became available. She now goes to school five days a week from 7:45 am to 2:40 pm.
Whenever we peek in at her during class, she is front-and-center, raising her hand every time her teacher poses a question.
She wakes in the morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to head off to school. She adores both her teacher and her teacher's assistant, and lives to please them.
Tonight, in spite of having missed out on her after-school nap (she runs in high gear, and still needs an hour or two of nap every day) she wanted to practice her letters and exercises for an hour before bedtime, instead of watching a movie. Instead! I kid you not. Of her own accord.
She makes a mommy so, so proud.
I am still amazed that it is my great privilege to raise, protect and nourish this astonishing child until it is time for us to send her out into the world.
I still wish I could tell her birth parents what an amazing child she has turned out to be.
What good fortune I have had in this life.
What did I do to deserve this child?