Mini Me

May. 9th, 2016 10:39 pm
rocknrollrodeo: (Brothers)
When she was younger, Tae was very much like her father both in look and personality. I found this very strange since he was not part of her life for very long. It definitely makes you think about the nature vs nurture aspect with regards to behaviour. You always assume a child picks up certain traits from observing them but when she has a personality of someone who is not around in her formative years, you do wonder where it comes from.
Looks, of course, are part of the genetic lottery and you do expect a mix of both mother and father.

As she is getting older though, she is more and more like me. This is both in look and personality. She looks so much like me that anyone would have thought I had merely cloned myself. I think she will always be petite in stature, although certainly not in personality. She is a lot more outgoing than me. This is definitely my husband's influence. As is her love for drawing and painting. I'm not artistic but she is enjoying it a lot. She prefers bright and warm, which are E's favourites too. She loves to read and learn, and these she has definitely inherited from me and I am very pleased with. She loves pirates and flowers and unicorns, she enjoys dressing up and playing pretend, she loves music and she loves to dance. Sadly, like me, she is not very co-ordinated and her dancing lacks finesse. She make up for it in enthusiasm though, just like me.

It is very strange watching this small person grow and develop and become her own person, yet be so similar to me in so many ways.
rocknrollrodeo: (Brothers)
I forget sometimes how much I enjoy a little peace and quiet. Having the house to myself and being able to completely switch off. I don't have to be anyone other than myself. I don't have to be mommmy, I don't have to be a wife and I'm treating myself with a day off so I'm literally just doing nothing and being myself.

E has taken Tae into the city for an Easter Egg Hunt. She was very excited. There's also an Easter Bonnet competition that she has an entry for. I've been feeling like I'm coming down with a cold so have chosen to stay at home. I'll miss taking part in the festivities but at the same time will be thoroughly enjoying some alone time.

I'm curled up on the couch, a steaming mug of cinnamon-y coffee and a plate of grilled cheese for breakfast. I have a book next to me, the newspaper and Kenny Chesney is singing to me. I have a solitaire game loaded up on my computer. I'm wearing my warm onesie and my fluffy slippers.

Peace. Quiet. Alone Time.
Heaven.
rocknrollrodeo: (Booth)
With all the atrocities happening in the world around us, sometimes it's easy to get bogged down in the fear, the anger, the hatred, the uncertainty. To get so lost in others pain. Sometimes it's important to keep things in perspective.

I won’t go to sleep hungry tonight.
I won’t go to sleep outside tonight.
I had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning.
I have access to clean drinking water.
I have access to medical care.
I have access to the Internet.
I am literate and numerate.
I have the right to vote.
I have family who love me

These all seem such simple things but there are people out there who have nothing, who would give everything for just one of those things. I need to take a step back and realise that really, I am blessed.
rocknrollrodeo: (The Librarian)
I am so proud of the amazing child my Tae is becoming.

She is now an exhuberant eight-year-old who is always smiling and has an excess of energy. She loves to dance and has taken after me with a love for country music, and we're starting line-dancing lessons next month.

She speaks Mandarin better than I do. And seems to keep picking up Russian phrases from somewhere.

She loves to help people and has started doing yardwork or chores for some of the older people in our neighbourhood. She always insists on buying food for the homeless with the money she earns. I'm always being told how polite she is, how well behaved. My little philanthropist.

She loves pirates and flowers (espeially daisies and daffodils) and unicorns and wolves. Her favourite colour is pastel blue.

She really is the light of my life, I'm so so proud of her and I really feel like I'm doing my job right

Elia

lots of different words come to my mind to describe myself:

asian american, woman, mother, activist, feminist, student, mentor, reader, writer, late-night-muser, chinese american daughter, east-coast inhabiting.

I am a mama, a blogger, a third generation Chinese American, and a higher education junkie.

I grew up in Acton, MA and after spending time in California, discovered that I am an east coast girl at heart. I dig sunny afternoons at the park, reading, and the night.

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