we’ve got spirit, yes we do

April 19, 2013

To know a “spirited” child is to know extreme highs and lows in another person. To parent a “strong-willed” child is to continuously stand at the receiving end of these changing emotions, mostly dumbfounded.

Sometimes we walk away, hands thrown up in the air, no guesses.

I can’t help you, I wish I could. 

She gets over it, comes over and kisses a knee or your hand, says something akin to sorry, pats you softly with a dimpled little hand.


In this photo she is thrilled for two reasons.

1.She is carrying a little purse,

2. and she just got to feel the water coming out of the gutter…




I have known her for a thousand years

and every day I get to meet her again for the first time.


Happy weekend, friends.


anna see April 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

Yes! Yes! Yes! And wouldn’t carrying a little purse put a smile on anyone’s face?
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SmithShack71 April 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

I have this child. She’s ten. Spirited and passionate and strong willed. Big energy for life.
I love those qualities in her. I believe they will serve her well.
However, sometimes, for now, I just take a lot of deep breaths.

That photo is a pure giggle. Made me smile.

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shayla April 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

if i were her, i would be thrilled about that bunny on the front of my top, too. so adorable!

thanks for the smile!

Stephanie Precourt April 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm

So so cute. I know it.

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Diane Turner April 20, 2013 at 1:52 am

Pure joy! the crinkled nose says it all.

Kelly V April 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm


Marta April 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love the joy of small things. All those small things really add up to a joyful life.
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heidi April 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Yes! I completely get this and this…”I have known her for a thousand years

and every day I get to meet her again for the first time.”…is exactly how I feel about my daughter.

Oh my gosh, how cute is your daughter?! Joy, indeed.
How have I not been here already? I’m so glad we were introduced.
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Sue April 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

My niece is a spirited child and very willful. She insists she will learn the hard way. But with that comes incredible kindness and creativity and a unique skilled mind.
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