My little girl — who (at 5’7″) is not so little anymore — has been so helpful to me these past two months that I wanted to give her a shoutout.
Elena had a rough start. Her uncle nicknamed her “Terramoto” because whenever she left his house, it looked like an earthquake had struck. Once, at a party, I found a woman prying a checkbook from Elena’s fingers, saying “you must NEVER go into a woman’s purse.” In preschool, one mother referred to Elena as a “hot mess.”
There’s always a fine line of how wild to let her be. But, thankfully, she really has turned things around.
She’s a good student, who plays soccer, basketball, and the upright bass.
Most importantly, Elena is my biggest blog supporter.
She is my copy editor. She spots typos and gives me input on the rough patches–and by rough patches, I mean stuff she doesn’t want the world to know 🙂
She is my workout partner. She always reminds me that we have to do our “30-Day Ab Challenge” sets. She probably gets a kick out of watching her 45-year-old mom strain to do situps. Day 1 provided an evening full of laughs.
She is my gardening assistant. This past weekend, she worked all morning putting down mulch. For now, she doesn’t seem to mind all the micromanaging I do. But sometimes her smile is so wide, I wonder if she’s really cursing me out in her head.
Is it the calm before the storm? I hear that teen girls can be rough. Elena is 12 years old.
I’m going to enjoy all of this while it lasts. This one’s for you, Happy Peaches.