Monday, June 11, 2012

To my Georgia, on her 5th Birthday

(I know, I know, it isn't actually her 5th birthday anymore...that was on May 26th, the day I spontaneously headed down to Oklahoma, but close enough, right?)

Oh my Georgia, I love you so.  You are truly a bewitching little imp.  All mud-splatted princess dresses with long curls a-flyin' behind.  I love that you're friends with the girliest of girls and rowdiest of boys (I swear some of Ezra's friends prefer you over him because of it ;)).  Ahhh, little Miss, you are a study in contradictions.   I never know which Georgia is going to wake up every morning.  The Miss G that attempts to scratch my eyes out and kicks my shins or the Georgie that wants cuddles and giant open-mouth kisses (ewww, I know).  You have the biggest smile and the twinkliest eyes with a truly scary growl and scowl to go along with them.  I think your fickle moods are part of the reason people love you so.  You are the true definition of a firecracker, through and through, and people are enamored all the more for it.

Uncle Jesse trying to work you out of a foul temper on his wedding day

In a happy mood after seeing your name at Mount Rushmore

You are still wholly dedicated to Little Mermaid, although the obsession has grown to all things mermaid-related.  Pink (preferably sparkly) is still the color of choice, these days.  Although, happy days, we've managed to finally, finally, finally get you into something other than dresses.  You'll now deign to wear shorts as long as they're knit and "comfy".  We'll see what next winter brings.  You were in preschool this year and it was so much fun to see you chatter with your little girlfriends, Gracie, Greta, and Becca.  Your teacher adored you and I just know you'll love next fall's Kindergarten too.  You especially love to draw and color all day and I love the detailed portraits and fanciful pictures you make.  Eyelashes and accurate hair colors and styles are an absolute must, obviously ;)

Much concentration was needed at the sidewalk chalk festival last summer

Princess Georgia waving to her ever-loyal subjects

People love you, Gee, and follow you around just waiting for attention.  It's funny, Ezra doesn't really need other people all that much and Scarlett and Oak live for them all...but decide who you need and who you don't.  I sometimes worry about you with that, actually.  I worry you're going to grow up to be one of those girls in high school with your penchant for picking favorites (usually pretty girls) and ignoring the rest.   Remember, Georgia, remember to always be nice to everyone.  You don't have to be their bestest friend ever...but you still need to always be kind.

With a few of your faves:

The Girls
Georgia, Scarlett, and Ella

lovin' on Aunt Kim
(who, interestingly enough, looks more like your mother than I do)

Auntie Stephie, your very first love

I have a Shakespeare quote hung above your bed that sums you up perfectly, "Though she be but little, she is fierce."  Fierce, Georgie Girl, fierce is the best word to describe you, from your heavy scowls to your wild dancing to your abominable table manners and raucous laughter.

You. are. fierce.
 Though she be but little, she is fierce

I love you, Miss Georgia, with my whole heart and soul.  You are like a big ol' piece of me walking around outside in this scary, scary world.  I will always take the lows with the highs.  There will never be a time when you're not worth every moment of it.  Never forget how much I love you.  Never, ever forget.

The Birthday Girl
 How grown up does she look? I mean, really?

 Happy, Happy Birthday
Georgia Marie!


Jamie and Jordan Sheffer said...

This is so precious!! Happy Birthday Georgia! 3 days before mine :)

Alabama Apples said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, little George! I love, love, love you!!!

I love reading your words, Whit. Your capture your children in the most beautiful, accurate way. I know that they will love reading your words one day. Thank you for the picture painted in my mind of my fabulous, fierce niece.

Aubrey said...

What a beautiful girl and it sounds like she takes after her Mother in both beauty and personality. Happy Birthday Miss Georgia.