Cath Jenkin takes a look at her daughter and hopes that she'll become a super version of her parents.
As is the way with the enquiring 6-year-old mind, you're full of questions every day. You’re always wondering what I was like at your age, and how your dad used to build Lego castles when he was little.
We often talk of your genealogy
, and how you’ve inherited pieces of each of us.
You’re the perfect amalgamation of your dad’s family and mine. We’ll sometimes pick out the parts of you that you got from me – your ears, your eyes and your smile. And the parts you inherited from your dad – your incredibly long legs, your toes and your fingers.
It’s not hard to see to whom you belong, because your features are such an interesting reflection of your father and I.
There are parts of you, however, that are so undeniably me, that it both comforts and scares me a little. Your sometimes shyness in the face of strangers, your determined independence, intermingled with an abundant love for cuddles. You get those from me, and I was exactly the same at six.
One thing I do thank you for is your determination through life, to do things as and when you’re ready. I was the same, except I took my jolly time to get things done.
The way you love with your whole heart, and that applies to people, situations and things. When you meet someone new in our lives, and slowly fall in love with them, you love them entirely. Your trust grows and you learn to feel secure with them.
It’s made me so happy to see you comfortable and secure in love with family and friends.
This principle is true too, for how you are with new toys. Your Leapster Explorer
is the perfect example. When you received it from the 'Birthday Fairies' you sat with it for hours, trying to learn your way around, play every game and suss it out. I was the same as a child, I would obsess and focus all my energies on each new thing, until I felt I knew it.
My wish for you, as I look across your genealogy, your family tree and your intricate character, is quite simple. I wish for you to keep all the good parts that you’ve inherited from your dad and I, and that you never pick up our joint annoying habit of procrastination. I hope that you'll become super versions of who we are, and you’re already outstripping us in so many ways.
Your perfection as a sensitive but strong little person, makes us so incredibly proud that you are ours.
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