Monday, 20 August 2012
The things I love about Emma. In alphabetical order
A is for attitude...you have bucket loads of it my little girl and I can only hope that as life gives you the good, the bad and the ugly you hang onto it
B is for bucket loads...see A. You have bucket loads of everything and my wish for you is that your bucket always overflow
C is for compliments...you are BIG on compliments. "I love your haircut mama" or "dad, I like your shirt. It's very grey!" It's something that's incredibly special about you cos you always try and make people feel good.
D is for dancing...I have never seen anyone love to dance as much as you do. You'll take my iPhone, put on the Angry Birds game and then...dance to the theme music
E is Ear...you've had this habit since a baby that as you fall asleep you lie tickling your ear. You still do it and it's something I love about you
F is for fairies...those magical little creatures that keep you safe. I hope you always believe in them
G is for girlie...even with an un-girlie mom you love girlie things, from tiaras and tutus to nail polish and eye shadow. Thank goodness we don't live along the bible belt cos I fear we'd be partaking in Toddlers and Tiaras
H is for hair...I love your hair and dread the day I have to cut it short. You, you hate us combing it no matter how hard we try and most (black) mommies give me advice on what to do with it
I is for (good) idea...if I suggest something that Emma likes she exclaims "that's a good idea mama"
J is for jelly sweets...you love jelly beans, jelly worms, jelly gums. Oddly enough you don't like good ol' jelly in a bowl. You also love mommy's arms and tummy that jiggle like jelly and of course you love Jie Jie, Naartjie's orange haired fairy that spreads love and goodness
K is kisses...you give the best kisses and kuddles (I know kuddles doesn't start with a k but it works here) and they come right out of the blue
L is for love...a deep, all-consuming from the bottom of my wriggly toes right up to squishy scrunchy nose. I love you Emma Ruth
M is for manners...your manners, most of the time, are impeccable. They should be. We've drummed them into you since you were a teeny tiny tot. You say 'please', 'thank you', 'you're welcome' and 'excuse me'. Should daddy let rip with a fart you demand an 'excuse me' outta him straight away
N is for nicknames...Monkey, Bumbles, Emmy Demmy, Em, Noo, Noodle, Nonko, Boo, Moo...you're a nickname kinda girl
O is overflowing...my cup has been overflowing since you came into my life. It's so full I have to sip from the saucer
P is for party...you love parties. Yours, friends, non-friends. You've even been known to gate-crash a few. When I'm in your good books I'm allowed to "come to your party". When I'm not your favourite person then I'm banned from it
Q is for quiet...something you're not! You're loud and like me, you could get a job on the ships as a foghorn
R is for Ruth...your name given to you at the shelter. Your second name that we have kept. You're also a Tshegofatso should you ever want to be
S is for (big) sister...you're the best little big sister I know and Ben is very very lucky. You love your baby brother and there's not a day that goes by without you hugging, loving or trying to carry the 'little fella' (though this could also be 'little f*cker)
T is for tantrums...you're good at these. Especially with dad. I know it's all a part of you growing up but they're quite something to watch (in a scary kinda way)
U is for unique...there's no one quite like you Noodle. Your funny and caring, feisty and gentle. You're no walk over but you're a real softie. All these things make you U
V is for vagina...I've been trying to teach you the anatomically correct terms for all your body parts but somehow 'vagina' became 'bagina' and it's now simply your 'front bum'
W is for wonderful, whacky, whimsical...you!
X is for x factor...you've got it. Whatever that x-factor is you have it in abundance. Where ever you go you leave having made friends. We walk into shops and sales assistants greet you by name. You're gonna be a star
Y is for youth...it's wasted on some but not on you. You love being a kid and you bring out the kid in me
Z is for zodiac...you're a Taurean. I'm a Taurean too. It's going to make for very interesting times ahead