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I had the cutest story to tell about Eli this week, but that will have to wait until next Wednesday. Because ... today's What a Kid! post must be all about Kyndal! Today is her 15th birthday! So weird!
During the next year she will get her driver's permit (then her license), she will exit her Freshman year of high school and begin her Sophomore year (didn't I just do that??), will start working toward her cosmetology license in school, get a job, and many, many other things.
My thoughts of her still go to her walking down the sidewalk at Horace Mann Elementary in Springfield, Missouri, (also where Brad Pitt went to school .. in fact we lived across the street from his childhood home, but I digress) when she was in kindergarten, with her braids down her back carrying her oversized Barbie backpack. I've mentioned this before, but she made me drop her off at the front of the school, at the end of the sidewalk, so she could walk in with the big kids. She absolutely would not let me drop her off at the kindergarten loop!
She still insists on walking on her own most of the time, minus the braids (but sometimes a bow) and the Barbie backpack (she's upgraded to Hurley). She's independent that way.
Kyndal is beautiful.
I don't really need to expand on that.
She is a tough girl, with a mind of her own, strong-willed but loving, and a great daughter and older sister. She's broken me in well, and I feel like we have a very close relationship. She wants me to be cool, but not too cool, and still likes to hang out with me, which I love. I think she'll always be that way. I hope so.
So, Miss Kyndal Jamison Suhr, I know you will be preoccupied today with excitement over your cruise this week, but I hope you will take a moment to hear me say how much I love you.
Thank you for helping me see when I need to stretch and grow and for being patient with me as I learn how to parent you. Thank you for your love.
Have a great trip this week! We will miss you!
Kyndal ~ What a Kid!