At 4 and a quarter, Clementine Jane is officially growing up way too fast. She is the same old feisty, charming, stubborn, adorable, insightful little girl she always has been, but it’s pretty incredible to watch all of those personality traits grow with age!
Recently I’ve been especially loving the way she’s been talking about her brain. As she remembers things, gets songs stuck in her head, or thinks about people, places, or ideas, she makes this crazy bewildered look and says, “My brain keeps telling me the Hakuna Matata song! I’m not even telling it to, it’s just doing it!” Her brain is definitely growing rapidly as she works hard to keep up with her sister (they now play together ALL THE TIME), and she has so many interesting things to say (about animals, about countries around the world, about the way kids act at school)… and then in the same breath can’t remember the difference between breakfast, lunch and dinner and has no clue what’s a day of the week and what’s a month of the year. Is she going to be more “street smart” than “school smart?” or are we just unused to the rate at which kids understand this stuff, since Annabelle was such an outlier? Hopefully school will help her get it all down, so we don’t have to interrupt her crazy imaginative after-school play with boring lessons!
If there’s one area (aside from insight, street smarts, humor/comedic timing, and adorableness) where Clem excels, it’s the arts. She loves to sing (she sings her way through her day like it’s an opera), is constantly engaging in interpretive dance (so much that we have to yell at her to sit at the table), and draws the coolest designs any chance she gets! In fact, you may see many of them highlighted (minus Annabelle’s black & white art) on our fridge in the pilot of a new ABC show called “The Catch” (see previous post):
She could sing and dance and draw for hours, and recently walked up to Annabelle’s piano teacher telling him, “I’m almost ready to start taking lessons, just so you know.” So it will be interesting to see if she becomes our more artsy daughter of the two (Annabelle is incredibly creative, but more cautious and practical). And we’re curious to see if she takes to acting! She went on her first audition this week (so we hear – Diane took her), but seems to have been a bit too shy (mainly, didn’t know what to do or say) to clinch the part in a commercial about a new Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The good news is that she said she had fun and enjoyed the audition, so I guess we’ll keep letting her go to them till she tells us otherwise. It’s hard to believe somebody won’t want to scoop up this face!
In the meantime, she is charming all of us, even when she’s driving us nuts with her stubbornness and occasional crabby behavior (she won’t eat the foods we want her to, she won’t stop coloring to go to school, she won’t stop talking because someone else is trying to say something, etc.). In the end, she’s a very four-year-old four-year-old, so we’re not letting it get to us – after all, sticking to her guns and doing what she wants to do will serve her well in adulthood, won’t it? That – and this charm: