Three years ago, while we were waiting for you to arrive, I thought a lot about what experiences I wanted you to have growing up and what type of adult I wanted to see you become. Sign up for a therapist now, because like all parents I will always project my desires and view of the world on you.
I want you to see how you fit into the big wide world (heads up kid, you are a teeny weeny piece of it and not at the center.) I want you to see how you are different, how you are the same, and how you will always have more to learn. I want you to explore the big wide world through travel, food, language, music, books, and most of all friends and family. I want all this to be easy and enjoyable for you.
In the past three years I have learned that all I can do is provide love, support and opportunities for you. You are already your own person with strong (and vocal) opinions of what you want and don’t want and what you like and don’t like. (The mango does not fall far from the tree.)
- We picked a name for you that paid homage to your grandmothers’ French maiden names and your American birthplace. You now teach grown ups how to pronounce that name.
- We travel with you as much as we can to places near and far. You always surprise us with how you adapt, the new people you let us meet, and how you cry when we pull in the driveway at home saying you “want to take airplane” or go “back to hotel” or ask mommy to teach you to drive so you can travel by yourself. (Seriously.)
- We keep you away from a diet of chicken fingers and spaghetti so you eat chicken satay and noodles (and BOO-ee-toes and arepas and salmon and rice and whoopie pie).
- I put you in a bilingual daycare when I went back to work. Now you understand Spanish and tell mommy not to speak it as you can hear she does not do a good job.
- We play music from around the world. You are a rock and roll girl, but started singing along in Arabic to Shara’a Simsim from the Sesame Street Playground CD on the drive to school.
- We buy you beautiful children’s clothes (mostly from Tea) avoiding the standard bubble gum pink and licensed characters. You pick out what you are going to wear each day and have a sense of style that even tweens complement you on.
- We buy you interesting toys and no matter where we go, you find a rock to play with and don’t need anything else.
- We love you so much. You have a special love that you share with almost everyone you meet, bringing smiles to their faces and ours.
It’s only been three years together little girl. You have experienced so little of what the world can offer. But, together, I think we are on our way to making you an independent thinking, fully engaged, little citizen of the world.
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