You have talked about this day for weeks. Starting when you declared that you wanted your birthday party to be a “Dance Party”. You planned your dance party with the same excitement and joy that you bring to every project. You believe with such conviction that the world will change as you know it now that you are 5 and I think some of that has worn off on me. I am feeling emotional about this bittersweet milestone. I wish I could bottle up your innocence and happiness and keep you this way for a little while longer.
You happily go wherever I take you and have even convinced your sister that the post office is “fantastic” because you get to write your name and draw a picture on the priority mail stickers. They know us by name at Chase bank and your face lights up when you get your blue lollipop. Your favorite store is Target because they have so many pretty and sparkly things there. You are the biggest girly girl and you make my day when you tell me that my outfit is “really cool”. You are my buddy in dressing rooms (anthropologie is your favorite because they have fancy mirrors).
You are everything I ever hoped for in a daughter and I am so proud that you are such a loving, compassionate, optimistic and sensitive person. I can always count on you for a hug when I need one and I love that that you will start off any random morning by saying: “Mommy, today is going to be a special day.”
Today really is a special day.