My oldest is turning eleven this week, it is baffling to me that the tiny baby that was five weeks premature with a cry that sounded like a loud baby bird and skinny long giraffe like legs is now five foot five, and going into her last year of elementary school this upcoming school year! She is a amazing, with a heart of gold and someone who does not like to be in the spotlight which has been hard with her height, especially when everyone thinks she is fourteen.
What I love about her is she knows what she likes and does not feel pressured to give up the things that make her happy that may be percieved for younger girls. I think there is no reason to give that stuff up so soon, I am glad she is this way. I know this last stage before tweendom is fleeting but I am thankful for it all the same.
A year ago she began wanting something so badly that she could hardly stand it, think red rider bebe gun and you will know what I mean, She discovered a mermaid tail on the internet that surpassed her hopes and dreams by a million times. This was not just a swim suit bottom that went on your legs, this particular mermaid tail had a mono fin that helped you swim exactly like a mermaid. When she first showed me this mermaid tail I remember gasping at the price and in my head thinking that there was no way she would still want this in a year and that she would be on to the next big thing. I was so wrong. She wanted the tail more than anything even a year later. Buying her the mermaid tail was out of our price range for a birthday so we decided to give her a challenge. If she could earn half of the cost we would help her with the rest for her birthday.
She saved and worked hard and I was not really keeping track of the money she had saved when about a month ago she came to me with her portion. She was so proud of herself and still wanted that stinkin mermaid tail. We ordered it for her early so she would have more of the summer to channel her inner mermaid, telling her she would just get a few small things for her actual birthday, she did not mind. Her Grandma ended up buying her the matching swimsuit so she would have the whole look down.
She could hardly stand the wait. She probably checked the mailing status online three hundred times and even told me that she googled “how to be patient” to help her with the wait. The day it was supposed to come the mailman appeared to drive off and she was heartbroken. In the midst of her sadness we saw a a different mailman come up to our door with a giant box, it was hilarious because we knew this particular mailman, he was our neighbor in the last place we lived. He probably did not realize he was delivering the most anticipated package in history.
She tore open the box and immediately tried it on. She looked so great and really the smile on her face said it all. It was fun watching a dream come true for her. even a small one such as this. She swims amazing in it, spinning and doing flips in the most mermaidish way possible. Part of me wants to freeze time now more than ever.
I know other dreams will come her way but the one I will always remember is the year of the mermaid.