Miss Elliot is nine.
This girl has become an exceptional little person over the course of this last year. She is as caring and tender-hearted as ever. She’s curious and brave and has an unflappable commitment to honesty and justice (read: she calls me out when necessary… and sometimes when not necessary).
She stands up for her friends and, in a surprisingly new turn of events, stands down and admits when she’s wrong when we occasionally disagree.
She still delights in all of my favorite little-girl activities. She builds fairy houses, plays dolls, and disappears into imaginary worlds, turning our back yard into the boxcar from the Boxcar Children or our living room into the control panel from Inside Out.
I believe you can know a lot about a person by the books they read.
Miss Elliot prefers biography and nonfiction to fiction. This baffles me. If I could learn all the physics, philosophy, and ancient history I want to know simply by reading fiction, I would likely never pick up a nonfiction book again.
She seems to be driven to know things exhaustively about a single subject before moving on.
Our librarian gives us a smile and gets her keyboard ready when Elle marches into the library. Her latest question? “Can you give me everything you have on Amelia Earhart?” Last week it was fish. The week before veterinarian science and Broadway and Alexander Hamiltonn.
Elliot’s other favorite genre is the goofy, partially-illustrated ridiculousness of Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. She reads and rereads these books at bedtime, laughing so loudly her little brother has to beg me to turn her light out.
That tells you nearly all you need to know about Elle. She’s intensely curious and passionate about her current her world. And she’s wildly silly.
And no matter what mode she’s in, she’s remains our snugly, silly, tickle-monster loving little girl.
May nine be as much fun with her as eight!
Here’s my girl in her own words:
- What are your favorite things to do?
Um, I like to play tickle monster and play with Anne Shirley. I like trying to teach Zuzu to be nice. And I like listening to music and day dreaming.
2. What do you like to eat?
My favorite foods are snow crab and macaroni and cheese.
3. What do you dislike eating?
I dislike tomatoes and onions.
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
A police officer or a pilot or a horseback rider.
5. What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is pink.
6. What’s your favorite thing to play as a family?
Tickle monster! (crazy tag)
- What things do you like to play with?
I like to play with polly pockets and I like to play that we’re animals.
- What is your favorite thing to wear?
My soft swirly pants and my robe.
- What is your favorite television show? Movie?
Um, I love the Buddies movies and Inside Out.
- What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Amelia Earhart.
- What is your favorite song?
“Call me maybe” and The Hamilton Soundtrack.
- What is the best thing someone could give you?
Um, a horse (said with a little giggle, as in “obviously, mom”)
- If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?
Florida, because I like when it’s hot and I want to go fishing there.
What is one new thing you would like to try this year?
I would like to go rock climbing.
15. Finish the sentence, “the most important thing about Elliot is…”
She is always so rad (according to Elliot herself).
According to her dad, the most important thing is how creative and caring and goofy she is.
According to her sister, the most important thing about Elliot is that she stands up for what she believes in.
According to her little brother, the most important thing about Elliot is that she’s in our family.
But, according to her mother, the most important thing about Elliot… is her unique observations about her world. She’s a young philosopher at heart.
It’s time to admit, looking back of the last 6 months, that this little blog has been relegated to a birthday compendium. I’m not even going to promise to do better. If all I post is a compilation of birthday interviews largely for my own benefit, I’m okay with that.
Scrolling through these old posts is priceless!
Watch Elliot grow through the years with these old posts.