this is a five year old

this is a five year old
it's true. today is the day. this girl is five. FIVE. oh collette. you have been so distinctive from the moment you came into this world. and i can't imagine it's going to be any different the rest of your life. i should have known. i'm pretty sure you winked at me in the hospital the day after you were born. not blinked, winked. looked right at me and just gave me a little wink. like we had a secret. a little thing going that no one else knew about. at the time i thought it was it was because you had little tufts of hair on the tops of your ears, and i wasn't supposed to let anyone know you were part elf. they went away of course, but i'm still not convinced you don't have a little elf or fairy or something darn special about you. its the twinkle. and the hugs. oh my lord, the hugs. fierce, sudden things. you come at me, arms spread open, and you latch on like a leech. the most loving, adorable leech of course. arms and legs wrapped so tightly around me that i don't even need to use my arms to keep you there. i could walk around and do dishes, you hug so tightly. i could tuck a bottle of water into your pocket and wear you around like a backpack. hey, not a bad idea... regardless, you are an unbelievable little girl. and will be a stunning woman. it's a future i have a hard time thinking about, because it's so bright i get a little choked up, and have to squint a bit, and clear my throat. i love you my sweet sweet girl. so very much. even when your 32 and i'm giving you a hard time about keeping your bathroom tidy or buying better cuts of meat, remember how much i love you. ok? ok.


Anonymous rachellake said...

i'm going to de-lurk to say, that made me cry just a little bit. what a beautiful sentiment. happy 5!

11:10 AM  
Blogger rosedale's 4 head said...

so adorable!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous amy h said...

Happy birthday to Collette! I can't believe she's five.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to her!
And you write so wonderfully!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Angella Lister said...

How. Beautiful. You capture with such poetry the way it feels, the love we hold for our magical little girls. Happy birthday to you both (because you were there, too, five years ago!). I will definitely be back to visit.

5:33 PM  
Blogger UNIFORM Studio said...

oh yes.
happy 5 collette.

6:39 PM  
Blogger GiGi said...

happy birthday to my new friend! i can't wait to see you in a week or so! 5 is so fun!!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous hanne said...

*. i think that's what she is. after all, she's your daughter.
and this made me cry a little bit.

10:56 PM  
Blogger claire said...

i'll take a hug :)
happy birthday little c.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Rynke said...

Beautiful words and a beautiful picture of a beautiful girl :)

5:51 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Love the photo. Happy birthday! Also, where did you get the human calendar photos? Did you make them yourself? So cute. Found you through shining egg's blog.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Kristina * said...

oh happy birthday to her! she's got such a twinkle in her eye - lovely, lovely pic!

3:37 AM  
Blogger alexandria said...

Happy Birthday to Collette! This was written so beautifully. It's always so lovely to visit your blog. Thank you for sharing.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Lidia said...

very sweet! happy belated Collette! =)

11:04 AM  
Blogger kristi said...

hi--i follow the 1000 words blog and then my reader suggested this blog too so after spending the last 30 minutes just looking at your posts i am overwhelmed! such beauty. the photos. the words. very inspiring! thank you for making my sunday!

2:39 PM  
Blogger gkgirl said...


i can't even say
how much i loved this...
how beautiful this was...

happy birthday to an adorable

7:26 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Happy birthday! Five is such a fun age.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'm de-lurking too, to just say Oh My God! That was beautiful, and thanks for the tears with my morning coffee. :)
Happy Birthday!

6:28 AM  
Blogger hbynoe said...

you have the most beautiful way of describing your love.

4:37 PM  

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