I have convinced myself that Addie’s inability to color outside the lines will somehow serve her well later in life. On Saturday I colored Strawberry Shortcake blue with orange hair and I could see her tiny frame vibrating with forced acceptance of my creativity.
Vivi on the other hand sees a pile of neatly stacked blocks and sets out to destroy them by any and all means possible.
In my head Addie is still this tiny little toddler. Then I see her scratchy marks on the wall or confuse a pair of her leggings for a pair of my capris and I’m left befuddled that something that came out of me could have ever ended up so huge.
She’s been taking gymnastics for almost two months, she spent two full days at her gym over winter break doing nothing but running around, jumping off and flipping over stuff. She’s convinced our backyard is the perfect size to build our own gymnastics gym and that we should get on that pronto. She gets frustrated when she sees the bigger girls flipping and tumbling with ease while she’s left working out the finer points of a cartwheel and backbend.
Addie? If you could see how far you’ve come, how much you’ve improved and how much you’ve learned in seven short weeks? You’d realize that flipping and tumbling isn’t that far off for you. I can’t wait for you to see the Summer Olympics this year…those girls are going to blow your mind. Then I’m going to tell you that the girl who owns your gym once went to the Olympics and won a few gold medals of her own. Someday you’ll meet her, maybe even see her medals and realize that yes, girls from Indiana can and do go to the Olympics and yes, you could very well be one of them.
And we’ll all be able to say “I knew her when…”
(But only Cody and I will be able to say “We totally made that.”)