Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #10

13 Things I love about My Daughter Tate
Tate turned 10 last Saturday, and she's the middle child, so sometimes she gets lost in the shuffle. So this week, I'm going to list 13 things I love about her.

1. Tate is the quiet one, but they say that still waters run deep, and Tate is that personified. She has always been the one to sit back and pretend to be completely disinterested in what is going on around her, but she always is very aware of what is going on.

2. Tate is a great 'mother hen' to the younger kids at the sitter's. (Not her sister, but the other kids). She will always walk away from the group to play with the little ones so that they feel like a Big Kid too.

3. She believes that the world and life should be fair. She is still wearing her rose colored glasses of childhood. I know that eventually those glasses will come off and she will see the world for what it really is. Until that day, she is full of hope.

4. Tate is at that age, just teetering on the brink of leaving childhood behind, and yet not quite ready to step into teenhood (Is that a word? It is today). Too old to play with babies and toys, and yet, too young still for make up and boys.

5. Tate is beautiful inside and out and she is completely oblivious to this fact. She doesn't see it, and she doesn't believe it. I hope she holds on to that for a little while longer.

6. I don't believe that will be much longer, as I see hints of the prima donna that I know is coming. She is already asking for high lights and to have her nails done, and Mom how old do I have to be before I can go tan? (Uh, when you can pay for it)

7. She is going to be a domestic goddess, although I think Domestic Diva may be more fitting. She loves to cook, and do dishes (freak) and yet, she can not for the life of her keep her room clean more than 5 minutes.

8. Tate has a wicked sense of humor too. She laughs and jokes with everyone and her laugh is magical. When she laughs her eyes twinkle with mischief and trouble.

9. Looks can be deceiving. She can play innocent better than OJ did at his trial. Her problem is, she can not do it consistently, or for any length of time. Her laugh and her eyes always give her away.

10. At the end of the day, she can not go to bed without hugging and kissing me good night. By the time her brother was this age, he was too old and too big for hugs and kisses from him mom. But Tate still allows them, and insists on them.

11. Sometimes if I get lucky, Saturday morning will find Tate curled up in bed with me before the rest of the gang wakes up. Those few quiet minutes when it's just her and me, are rare, and I treasure them immensely. I hope that they continue well into her teen years.

12. She still thinks boys are stupid and gross and that suits me just fine.

13. The best reason I love Tate, is simply for the fact that she is Tate.

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Anonymous said...

That is so absolutely sweet and precious.

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Dang it! I ALWAYS forget these Thursday Thirteen!!!

I love yours though...that is SO sweet!

Dixie said...

This is soo sweet!

Raggedy said...

I know I am a little late but..
Happy Birthday Tate!
Your post touched me deeply. It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship. Your list is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful daughter.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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JAM said...

Wonderful list. Sounds like a sweetie. As a man surrounded by females, I learned to lay low once the girls reached puberty. I was outnumbered and outclassed. Good thing I enjoy solitary pursuits like photography and writing.

A kid that likes washing dishes? Neither of mine do. Heck, they hate unloading and loading the frazzling dish washer.

Good luck in the coming years.

Starla said...

What a very sweet list.

I hope she never loses those rose colored glasses. I still have mine, though they've gotten scuffed over the years and sometimes they've gotten lost, but I still believe the world should be fair.

Also, I still think boys are stupid, lol.

Happy TT BeckD!

Factor 10 said...

Tate sounds like a great kiddo!
I am so NOT ready for my little one to grow up. She's four, so I have time, but I also know those years will fly by...
Happy Birthday, Tate!

Sparky Duck said...

12 is hilarious and 9 is dangerous

Anonymous said...

Awwww! I almost started bawling! What a wonder child! She sounds a lot like the Queen. Also the middle child. Oh, from the mentor mom, the term is "Tween". The age between childhood and teen. Who knew?

Lady G~ said...

What a great tribute to your Tate. She sounds like a wonderful young lady. Children are such a blessing.

Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Swishy said...

She sounds just perfect!

Junebugg said...

Happy B-Day Tate

Mitchypoo said...

Very sweet. Tate sounds like a wonderful girl. Happy Birthday Tate!

My TT is about why I love the color green.

Uisce said...

10's a great age and #12's a great reason why! :)