Another month, another thousand people in love with Clementine. I’m sure I’ll get mine for saying this, but she has hit such an easy age. The other day I had an early meeting and she didn’t have school so I brought her along. The meeting was in a house with a playroom, but there were no other kids around and she played by herself for 3 hours without needing me once! She’s also been playing incredibly well (daily) with her soulmate Charlie next door, which is making life easier for both sets of parents. He literally wakes up in the morning and tries to head out the door (sometimes at 7AM, sometimes setting off their alarm) because he’s afraid he’s going to miss her:
We joke that when Charlie is older, he’s going to be confused by the fact that he always falls for tall, bossy brunettes. Clementine is opinionated, stubborn, and doesn’t think a conversation is worth having without some negotiation. We’ve been talking about this — about the fact that she is SOMETIMES allowed to “aggotiate,” but there are some instances where she cannot, and we are in charge. She takes it all in stride, but often thinks wistfully about the day she’ll get to be a grown-up.
Clementine is so engaged with everyone around her, to the point of making other kids (many of whom are shy) comfortable in her presence. She looks right at them, gives them big smiles, and giggles like there’s a shared secret. It’s genius, really – a social skill I still don’t think I have. And she is very free with her compliments, often claiming “I LOVE…” whatever they happen to be doing/wearing/saying, and calling any artwork, outfit, piece of nature “BEAUTIFUL!” It’s an outlook that would make anybody want to connect.
Clementine continues to flourish at school. Because it’s Montessori, we are learning a whole new language with her, and love hearing about her “community jobs” (washing the table, rolling the rugs) and how much pride she has in doing them right. We’ve also had fun doing projects at home, like making boats, more fairy houses, and her awesome robot costume, which is really starting to come together in a homegrown sort of way:
Of course, above all else, Clementine loves Annabelle. And thankfully, Annabelle is *almost* always okay with including her in “Annabelle’s World,” – as long as the world’s namesake is in charge. We know we’ll go through phases with their relationship, but right now we’re pleased to say we’re at roughly a 75/25 Love/Hate split. Because, even if she can be annoying and get in your stuff, how do you say no to this?