As the tenth anniversary of my very first labour arrives, I am very mindful of this quote by Gretchen Rubin,
“The days are long, but the years are short.”
As a parent, I don’t think there has ever been a more apt description of the special fluidity of time that engulfs you and your child. Each day seems interminable; then all of a sudden it is a whole decade since you first held a little person in your arms.
Life becomes a blur of constant growth and milestones. And then a big one sneaks up on you.
Miss Oh Waily is turning ten. Double digits. Her first full decade on Earth with us.
She is absolutely wonderful, and infuriating. Generous, kind and thoughtful. Soft-hearted and funny, alternating with stubborn insistence, and directness. A true mix of characteristics.
She loves all things elephant, especially still her Lumpy. She enjoys Guides and swimming, and is currently missing her old gym class. She is mastering origami and loves to give gifts.
She is growing up in to a lovely, kind, caring, assertive and thoughtful person. She knows her own mind and is happy to speak up. I suspect (and hope) she will be a future leader of people.
And we love her with all of our hearts… to the moon and back, to the ends of the solar system and back, and to the ends of the universe and back. Always and forever, our Miss Oh.
Happy 10th birthday my darling.
– Mum, Dad & Master Oh –
To celebrate, here is one of my favourite photographs of you.