Keely at 11

October 10, 2015

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Today at 1:20 p.m. you turn eleven years old. How did that happen? When you are sitting next to me I still see the little in you, but when I see you from a distance- I’m shocked at what a teenager you are becoming. I think by next year you will be as tall as me. You wear glasses all the time now. Your black framed ones are your favorite. You are letting your hair grow out too. It is light brown and wavy, but sun-bleached right now.  You mostly wear cotton shorts and graphic tees for comfort, but you like to dress-up a bit if we are going out or you are seeing your friends.  You love to put on lipstick, nail polish, sometimes eyeshadow and a temporary tatoo.  Slow down Keely.

Currently, you are in love with rap music and being a D.J. You make up your own songs all the time and research other artists online.  You love to get on iTunes and listen to the top songs of the week and research the song lyrics . You told us you want to be a teacher or a rap star when you grow up. You also think you want a child, but only a girl.

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Fifth grade finally ended and you were so happy to be done with St. Pius. The experience was not what we had hoped for.  You made a few friends, but you really learned nothing.  You did not get the education, a feeling of community, or the help that we wanted you to.  So, after much pleading from you -we are going to try and homeschool you this year and see how we do.  I’ve never taught 6th grade before, so that should be interesting. I do hope we both are successful.  I don’t want it to strain our relationship. You do fine in most subjects, but you still really struggle in math and it gets you so upset. I think you could grasp most of the new  concepts if you would relax and believe in yourself a little bit.  We are all here to help you.

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You now have two best friends, Isis and Danielle.  You write letters to Isis a lot and we arrange days on the weekends for you two to hang out.  You had a sleepover at Danielle’s house and went over there a few times too. For your birthday you decided to take them both out to dinner and out for ice cream. Then you all came back to our house to swim late in to the night. You all begged for it to be a sleepover and we decided to let you go for it.  You all stayed up until about 2:00 talking in your room until you finally crashed out.  You were so happy on that day.  All smiles and squeals and jumpiness. On your real birthday- we had a family party with lunch, cake, and presents. Then, you and I went to get your ears pierced! You were very excited.

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This summer you have swam a lot, read a lot, and gotten a little closer with your brothers.  You enjoyed watching America’s Got Talent as much as possible. I somehow got you to read the old Babysitter’s Club books and you actually got into them!  You became very protective of all of our pets. It’s almost comical. You run to their rescue with lots of “OH! You poooooor baaaaby!” when they so much as meow.  You also decided that you love gum and tear through a whole pack in record time.

We took a number of small road trips (mostly to the mountains and you did great in the car as long as you had food, drinks, and loud music of your choosing. You have convinced us to let you ride your bike, scooter, and skateboard a little around the neighborhood alone too. You do that multiple times a day now.  I feel so nervous when you are out of sight and all alone.  We live so very close to an interstate ramp and I’m so fearful you could be snatched up and gone in a second with out anyone knowing it.  I’m trying to put my fears aside a little and give you some growing room though.  I wish we lived in a place where you could run around as much as you wanted.  We still are considering moving somewhere more rural in the future.

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Keely, you love to hear and see anything with drama.  If there isn’t really drama there, you will even invent it. You think every new car on our street is a criminal. Any person walking down the sidewalk is up to no good.  You love when family tells us a story of something “exciting” that has happened.  You are wide-eyed and full of questions.  However, if anything actually happens to us, you completely freak out and are a stressed out mess.  You just like the fun of using your imagination I think.

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Keely, you don’t know how smart, funny, creative, and beautiful you really are.  We tell you all the time, but you still don’t really believe us. I hope you can soon see how special you are.  You have so many unique gifts and you are so loved. Happy 11th birthday baby.

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