After several days of getting reacquainted, Jessica and I have found our new rhythm – with Nathan – and a good and healthy one, that is about us. It is not just about Grandma, though we frequently remember her, and it is not about being five.
Because Jessica is very, very six.
She can brush her teeth all by herself.
She can give herself a shower or a bath, though we still have to be sure she didn’t just pretend to wash her hair.
She needs no help getting dressed, and even can turn her earrings, brush her hair, and usually match her clothes (though she still prefers snow boots to summer sandals).
She can make her bed, fold her pajamas, and rinse out her breakfast dishes.
She can say what she likes, prefers, and needs, and do so with good manners and polite words.
She can explain why things happen, what she thinks about the world, and describe her feelings in response to experiences.
She is also as funny as Jessica has ever been.
When asking why we did not stop for snow cones after work, I explained we were on our way home to make dinner and did not need any sugar right now. She replied with, “Yeah, you are a married woman now. You have to save all your sugar for that husband of yours.”
That girl cracks me up.
Her favorite part of family home evening, of course, was swimming!