You are my feeler of all the feelings, shedder of all the tears, and lover of all the tiny things. You gush over me washing your favorite dress for you and cry when you can't have the snack you want. You are learning to read and write, so now that amazing mind of yours has started creating stories on paper. How well your day at school went is firmly planted in how much recess time you get. Not because you run around a whole lot, but because you spend your recess heading up the "Nature Club" - of which you founded - or finding small trinkets and garbage on the ground that become your beloved treasures.
My new, absolute favorite Annie story happened today. I was trying to shoo you and your brother and sister out the door for school. You came randomly wandering back into the house and I spun you around to send you back to the car. In that moment you found a tiny potato on the steps to the back door. When I continued to direct you toward the car even though you now had a potato in your possession, your eyes lit up.
This is because, my sweet lover of all the tiny things, your imagination sees life in everything. And you saw life in that potato. You named it Baby Potato. It sat on your desk at school, it went out to recess with you, and took a nap on a bed of feathers under a tissue during art class after spending some time sunbathing in the light from the window. My child, I could not make this up if I tried. But to you there is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary about making a pet out of a potato.
Without further ado, Annabelle's 6-year-old interview.
Who is your best friend? Julia.
What is your favorite color? Pink.
What is your favorite animal? Meerkats (she pronounces it meer-uh-kats) and cheetahs.
What's your favorite thing to do? Snuggle with mommy and eat donuts.
What's your favorite thing to wear? Dresses.
What's your favorite food? Ice cream...and CAKE!
What's your favorite thing to do in Iowa? Get a toy with grandma.
What's your favorite thing to do with daddy? Go to the donut store and go get pizza.
What's your favorite thing to do with mommy? Snuggle.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A ballerina teacher and a singer.
What do you want people to know about you? Well, I have a lot more favorites than those things. I have favorite toys and favorite other things too. I like to play Barbies.