Eden is such an enchanting girl. The girls wears her heart proudly on her sleeve. Good thing her heart is so lovely. Well, except for when it’s not. Even then, I adore that she is authentic in all that she is…hides nothing. She’s a breath of fresh air in a weary world.
At four years and nine months, Eden:
- is not satisfied with a simple, “no” reply. Eden’s version = “No, ho, ho!!!”
- has named the phenomenon in which one sneezes and toots at the same time. It is an achoo toot. Quite appropriate, I think.
- has mastered the remote. And life will never be the same.
- does her own laundry. Or more accurately, can do her own laundry. Joyfully. Because she’s only four. (Phil is da man behind any chore stuff…teaches the girls to do laundry, to sort laundry, and to put away laundry. THANK GOD for this man.)
- has discovered the delights of the chicken leg. And she’s terribly sad that only two legs come with a bird. AND, she’s discovering where chicken legs come from…which, yes, gives me pause. It freaks her out a bit that chicken legs are…CHICKEN LEGS. We may have a future vegetarian on our hands. We’ll see.
- enjoys pork chops, but believes them to be chicken. She even asked, “Is pork chop a way to say chicken in French?” Hmmmm. Not so much.
- looks for the recycling symbol on all of our food containers. Thanks, Rocky from Paw Patrol! We love you, buddy.
- has embraced the joy of our new compost bin. Fun science stuff!
- loves to play “house” with Denver. There are exactly two roles in house = the mother and “the dear.” I love that the kid is “the dear.”
- greeted me one day with, “Mom, you’re just the woman that I wanted to see.”
- thinks it is pretty hilarious to say “vulva hiney, vulva hiney, vulva hiney.” Yep, that’s a good one, kiddo.
- unleashes her fury upon me from time to time. This one will need guidance in taking a moment or two to calm down before speaking…as does her mother! And just like me, she almost immediately regrets the words that flow forth. Case in point:
- Eden: “When I am older, I am leaving and I will NOT be in your family ANY MORE!”
- Me: “Oh! I’ll miss you. But I understand.”
- Eden: “Well, I’ll stay close…in the neighborhood. And I’ll visit. BUT when you are mean, I will leave to be with my roommate.”
- Me: “Sounds like a good plan.”
- Eden: “But I’ll miss you when I’m gone.”
- blesses me beyond measure.