Lex started first grade today.
She loved it. I knew she would. Nothing interests her more than growing. I'm not talking about the typical "I-wish-I-were-a-big-girl-so-I-could-[fill in the blank here]" frustrations that many kids experience. She has that drive-the desire to achieve, to conquer, to be at the top of the hill. And it doesn't matter what the hill is-she's willing to start climbing (with the exception, perhaps, of cleaning her perpetually messy bedroom)!
Don't get me wrong-I don't mean to immortalize my six-year-old daughter! She's not superhuman by any means. In fact, for all her drive, intelligence and wisdom, she is perhaps one of the most stubborn individuals I've ever encountered. She gets it from her late great-grandmother, I think.
For example, the other evening she made one of her friends cry-apparently she was "talking about" her friend, and her friend, understandably, was hurt by it. So her friend went, crying quietly, to her mother, who happens to be Shawna's close friend. Of course Shawna, being the good parent she is, found out that Lex had been "talking about" her friend, and commenced to explain to Lex that this was innapropriate behavior, and that it was hurtful. Lex stood stoicly and listened to the entire lecture with a grim look on her face. Her lecture finished, Shawna asked Lex if she understood. Lex, of course, said yes. And so Shawna told Lex that she needed to apologize to her friend. Lex said no. Shawna urged her, again, to apologize. Lex reassured us both that she had NO intention of apologizing (those of you who know Alexis know what I'm talking about). At this point, an exasperated Shawna turned to me for help. I urged Lex to apologize. She flatly refused. And so, finally, I urged again-this time with a bit of an "ultimatum." You see I've learned that even stubborn six-year-olds can be pragmatic! She apologized.
My point, though, is this: she's a kid, just like every other six year-old. She's got her flaws-believe me! But she also has the drive to achieve something! And that-that keeps me going! Because, you see, nothing would make me happier than to provide her and Gentry a foundation-a springboard-that will enable them to reach just a bit higher in their life quest. Anything I achieve, I do-NOT to leave it to them, but to give them something to stand on so that they can reach fruit that's just a little too high for me to reach!
And she'll do it! Watch and see!
Congratulations Lex! I love you!