My little baby girl turns 11 today. That places her squarely in the demographic known as “tween”. My mom always used to say that she liked my brother and me best at the age we were, whenever someone asked. I have to say I see it now. I loved Abigail as a baby and as a 5 year old and I am really enjoying her as a budding young woman right now. It’s fun to see her interests begin to shape and her soon-to-be-adult ideas begin to form. She is strong willed and determined and sometimes emotional and always just a lot of fun to be around.
Emily and I had to beg her (as we always do) to give us some gift ideas. Our kids have the most awesome responses when asked what they want for gifts. Typically it is just a small thing or two. I wrote about a few examples awhile back…sort of a funny read I think. Anyhow, I do not think they have ever just “gone wild” asking for things. They see value in certain things and also are beginning to see and understand the value of money.
So this year, Abigail asked simply for a pocket knife, an iTunes gift card and some Gobstoppers. I think that’s a pretty cool list…not a typical list by any means. Of course, the pocket knife surprised me the most but hey, who am I to question my daughter wanting to buck stereotypes?! I got her exactly what she wanted and surprised her with it this morning. As of breakfast time, she had not yet cut herself. I know it will happen at some point. Folks have to learn things and sometimes it has to be learned the hard way. We will teach her safety of course so it will be up to hear to learn, one way or another. It’s good to have a little danger and responsibility too…she is 11 after all…growing right up into
a real person a wonderful young lady!