Living with a fairy…

23 Aug

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“Wow, 7 already” is what most people told me as I blatantly announced to everyone who had ears that my daughter was turning 7 …. Pffffffffff, 7 already!! What happened? Where is my little pixie?! The one that wouldn’t sleep more than 45 minutes at a time during the day? The one that regurgitated most of her milk after her feeds?

This year has been the most changing year in her little life: big school!!! Grade 1 (CP for the french). New uniform, new teacher, new friends, new conflict resolutions, READING!!!! This has definitely been the most exciting skill from school. She loves reading and tried to decipher most books (some at excruciating slower pace than others). Maths is not her favourite and I see her rare, yet present non-compliant behaviour shining through the moment I say “Let’s do your bonds….” 🙂 Yet as the very conscientious little girl that she is ( I mean it in the painful sense of the word!) she gets down to it and gets better at it!!

On a non-academic side (because that’s not all there is!!), Lea is doing speech and drama. Now THAT is a great great extra-mural for her. Her 2 teachers (who always make me doubt that fairies don’t exist!) pointed out the crazy side of Lea and they love to tell me about the activities she’s up to during those classes, her spontaneity, her originality and simply her enjoyment of acting-out. She sounds so different from the Lea that her teacher would ever describe in her classroom: the reserved one, the one that literally dies a little bit inside when she makes a mistake – because how could she ever make a mistake??? Now half way through the year – because she needs time to adapt and adjust, she feels ready to do more activities after school. She decided on gym – where her good friend Kiera is too and art – where her good friend Dayna is as well. She is friend-oriented, and so was, is, her mum!!

As the mum, I have the joy of knowing these two different sides of her. I know the patient motherly side of her. She takes special care of her crazy brothers… more than ‘handle with care’, she manages to enjoy them, to play rough with them, to run and scream outside like a fairy on a magic-mushroom-high!!! But she also manages to girl-inize her not-girly-at-all brothers (especially Killian!). Just because she is Lea, they will play dolls with her, they will swap their pyjamas and sleep in each other’s bed (if not all in the same bed!). I also know the fairy side of her. She wants to write a letter to her designated tooth fairy, Bramble Elfglow, to ask if she could get a magic wand. And every day, I hear conversations with her boeties about what she would do with her magic wand. It goes from the kindest of acts ( I will make everyone happy) to the most evil ones (I will change Killian into a disgusting worm), depending on the mood in the house! And in between, like for anybody else, there are many different facets to her. I like her persevering character (except when it comes to tidying her room), her creative side (it’s tough not to be creative when you actually LIVE with the fairies), the way she wears her socks (the top is always turned upside down), and her peacemaker attitude ( Oh FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNE Killian, you can sit here, with a gentle feminine voice!). I don’t like her perfectionism – maybe because I’m not one, but also because it’s painful to live with one!! I like that she likes Nutella (proof in picture!), I like that she speaks beautiful french (…most times) and very importantly, I like the questions she asked related to God and her innocent child-like trust of Him.

I also have the joy of seeing her becoming who she is. Sometimes becoming very much like me, and sometimes, not at all like (thank goodness!!). She got her sense of humour from me, no doubt (right Lou!!!). and if there is a joke being made in the house, from anywhere she might be, close or far, you can hear her little giggle in the background as she understands everything we say!!! With my incessant teasing, she has no choice but not to take herself seriously!!! Lea, you can’t go the shop with papa because Killian is going and Papa prefers Killian. Giggle! Lea, you also were in the wrong here, not just your brother. I know it’s hard for you to see it but you’re not perfect. Giggle! Lea, you are too slow. If you don’t hurry up, you’ll have to go to school in your underwear. Giggle!!!

Giggle, giggle, giggle!!!

She’s our giggly, slow-poke (their word, not mine!), motherly, witty, spontaneous, loyal favourite daughter 🙂 What a special gift from God she is to us!!

Happy Birthday my precious girl!!!

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6 Responses to “Living with a fairy…”

  1. Coppa August 31, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    déjà 7 ans ! Comme le temps passe vite .C’est une petite fée très précieuse.elle te ressemble sur certains points.Que Dieu la protège.

  2. renettepickering August 24, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Ah, sweetie-pie Lea. She is just lovely! I also can’t believe that it has been more than 7 years since I painted the nursery furniture for her room, and she was so, so tiny when she was born! How time has flown, and how she has grown!!

  3. Marraine August 24, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    c’est vrai quelle petite fille précieuse comme sa maman !!!

    Léana 7 ans et toutes ses dents (pour le moment)

    Gros bisous

  4. kerry August 24, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    She is very precious and Jesse is still determined to marry her.

  5. debbie.hutton August 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    It’s scary how the time goes by. I realised the other day that with Abigail turning 9 next month she has lived half of her childhood with us. Asuming she moves out when she is 18! She probably won’t but time will tell.
    Happy birthday Lea, enjoy being 7 – already!!

  6. Taryn August 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    she is precious and we love her to bits! Thanks for sharing this post – lovely to have an inside peak into your home and your relationship with your daughter 🙂

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