flight of the ladybug

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

~ E.E. Cummings ~

Ladybuggirl
She wants to dress herself, but only in pajamas.

She wants to wear un-na-wear, but not sit on a potty. 

She wants to sleep in a big girl bed, but only if it's her sister's.

She wants to walk up the stairs alone, but not down.

She wants to run ahead, but only if I follow.

She wants to drink from a glass, but not without a straw.

She wants to be a big kid, but only if she's the baby.

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She says um-bra-la-la and bun-na-na-na

She calls me mum-mum like I'm a cracker.

She fake yawns and says, I so tired today. I stay home? on school days.

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She hugs everyone in our family, at least once a day.

She names every single one of her dolls and stuffies after people she's met.

She says please and thank you all day at home, but never outside the house.

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She knows all the words to this song and many, many others.

She closes her eyes and tosses her hair when she dances. 

She believes in herself: I so smart and I so funny and I do it so good.

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She wants to turn three next month, with wings and polar bear cupcakes. 

She pats my sad face and kisses my upside down lips and stares into my tear-filled eyes.

You so funny, Mum-mum. I not going to be two! I going to be fweeeeeeee!

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