I haven't taken her picture too much lately, other than for school. I've been busy with work and a million other things. Today was our day off from schooling and we were supposed to spend the whole day cleaning the house. I was upstairs folding my third basket of laundry. . .
. . .she was downstairs spreading out her blankets on the living room floor. The dark blue one meant to represent the sea. She changed into summer attire and rummaged through my over-sized hats.
Her face lit up when she came running upstairs and excitedly said "Mommy come see my surprise, you're gonna love it!!"
When your little girl creates a beach for just the two of you, you innately understand that any mess can wait. So there we sat, under a "palm tree", eating grapes and strawberries on "the beach." When we were done, I asked if I could take a few pictures. She didn't mind at all. I didn't take a lot, just enough to record a memory.
Now, she's taking a nap and I'm about to go back to folding clothes. As I was tucking her in she said "You know what Mommy?" "What?" I asked. "You're a really good friend" she replied with a sweet smile. I know some people don't think that you should be friends with your children. To me, though, it is such a blessing. I know that she respects and obeys me. She definitely sees me as an authority figure. At the same time, she knows she can always come talk to me, about anything. I love spending time with her and comforting her when she needs it. Isn't that the definition of friendship?
"You know what Nolie? You are a really good friend too."