My firecracker. PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Saturday, 03 July 2010 00:00

She was born with a full head of blond curls and a cry so loud it startled the nurses.  "This one is a firecracker, for sure."  My demure obstetrician said as he handed over my daughter.  Which is what every parent wants to hear upon delivering a child, seeing that "ten fingers and ten toes" is totally overrated anyhow.

 

Little did I know that his words would later define her.  She's everything I am not.  Insert three thousand adjectives describing "strong" and it would still fall short of characterizing her.  Whereas I'm laid-back and often politely accept "no" for an answer; she's overly energetic and her first word were viscous screams of "no."  It's been an adventure to parent a child so polar opposite, finding the fine line between acceptance and appreciation.

 

"I just went off the high dive all by myself!"  She stood before me drenched in overly chlorinated water this afternoon.

"You did what?"

"I went off the high dive Mama!" 

"What did you say?"  I repeated, putting down my latest People magazine.

"I. Jumped.  And flew like a bird into the water.  It was sooooooo much fun!" 

"......"

"Mama?"

"......"

"Mama!"

"......"

"Come watch me Mama!  Watch me fly like a bird!"

 

I stood before the high dive at the same pool that I spent countless summers at, in Chicago.  I watched my fearless daughter climb the stairs of the diving board.  And somewhere between her jumping off and reaching the water, I gasped for air.

 

"Did you see?  Did you see me?"

"......."

"Mooooooooom.  Did you see me?"

"I saw you, girlfriend.  You did great!"  I blanketed my true emotions.  You ARE crazy!  What are you thinking? I was twelve before I even attempted the high dive and it took me all summer to do so.  Why didn't the lifeguards measure you?  How could you do this to me?  I can't breath.  Don't ever think of doing that again this summer.

"Can you believe it - I am only six and I did it!  Do you think Kasia will believe it?"

"......."

"I'm gonna do it again.  Take a picture!"

highdive

Taken with my BlackBerry.  Notice how small my 5'10" husband, waiting in line on the ground, is.

 

"You are awesome!"  I said. Acceptance and appreciation of my little firecracker.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 July 2010 13:43
 

Comments  

 
# Heather B 2010-07-03 01:06
I cannot believe she did it by herself! I would have NEVER done that at 6! In fact, I still don't like the high dive! Good for her though for not being afraid! I think you need a stiff drink instead of coffee!!!! :sigh:
 
 
# Kasia 2010-07-03 13:00
I think I would STILL be scared going off it today. I love her. She is totally doing Peace Corps.
 
 
# Suzette Mahoney 2010-07-03 16:24
Wowzers! Good for her!
 
 
# anymommy 2010-07-03 21:37
She is awesome. I remember that feeling. But I sure as heck wasn't six!!
 
 
# Chrissy 2010-07-04 09:34
That is so cool!! I'm still scared of super high boards!!!! You go girl!
 
 
# amy 2010-07-04 11:39
Very cool chicka firecracker!! And it is only 9 feet above water.LOL You are lucky your old pool still has it in place, alot of community pools took the 3meter boards out and everyone has lost out on the oppurtunity to freak their parents out.
 
 
# clarkinfestedwaters 2010-07-05 06:46
Awesome post! I feel the same about my youngest. The child has no fear. I admire him...and pray. :lol:

And...love that everyone waiting their turn is as amazed as you are watching her fly.
 
 
# Rebecca 2010-07-05 07:52
she is inspiring!!!!
 
 
# Kari 2010-07-05 11:23
Wow! I couldn't even do that now!
 
 
# Renny 2010-07-05 19:52
Man, I totally couldn't do that.
Go Lola!
 
 
# Jaime 2010-07-06 11:35
Oh my goodness. What a moment!
 
 
# DE Heather 2010-07-06 14:57
Wowza, what bravery! Glad you were able to capture the moment!
 
 
# allison 2010-07-06 15:44
this past weekend, i wouldn't even get on the high dive.
 
 
# Heather 2010-07-06 16:06
I'm sorry, I didn't notice anything but your 5'10"husband's abs.
 
 
# tracey 2010-07-06 19:30
She and Corinne are cut from the same cloth. Guess which 4 year old rode the Demon 3 times this weekend?
 
 
# Momo Fali 2010-07-06 22:29
She IS awesome!
 
 
# Scary Mommy 2010-07-07 17:18
I'm with Heather. Holy abs. But, before I was distracted by those, I did tear up-- such a sweet post, P. :)
 
 
# Issa 2010-07-07 21:49
Oh I adore that. She's awesome.

I'm kinda laughing at how alike our two older children seem to be. My almost six year old is a complete firecracker too. She once told me that the only thing to fear is fear. She was four at the time.

She may also be the reason for the grey hairs.
 
 
# JulieBouf 2010-07-07 22:53
Middle children. They rock! ;)
 

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