Recently the Girl and her aunt (the one who has all boys) went shopping for a new dress. It took 6 hrs, 21 malls, 5 stores and about 60 dresses to find the one that was pronounced "just right" . Part of the problem is that the Girl is at the awkward size, too grown up for the children's department, not quite mature enough for Juniors. But it was also that she is now far more particular than she once was about the clothes she puts on her body. And this is just one of several signs of a growning maturity that we have observed lately,
She is totally opposed to the color pink. This from a child who lived for pink the first 10 years of her life.
She recently decided that she was too old for Pocahontas bed sheets and mismatched throw blankets, and spent a chunk of her Christmas money on a "bed in a bag" set. Sheets, comforter, pillow cases, sham and bed skirt, all in lavender, with a nice reversable floral pattern. After she got the bed arranged she banished virtually all of her stuffed animals and dolls to storage. She also requested the removal of the fairy princess castle head board that is mounted to the wall. In short, the room no longer loooks like a little girl's room, but that of a teenager.
She has taken down all the Twilight posters and replaced them with The Lord of the Rings, and some serious looking unicorns. (This may not indicate maturity, but it is a clear sign of better taste,)
She is actually practicing her viola most nights, instead of trying to cram in a whole weeks worth on Sunday.
She sets her own alarm clock and gets up on her own most mornings.
She is spending seemingly endless hours debating which of several high school programs she should apply for. (She will be a real treat in a couple years when the college catalogs start showing up.)
That doesn;t mean she doesn;t have her little girl moments still. She falls asleep most nights watching her Teen Titans, the complete series DVD's. She is thoroughly conversant with all the offerings of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
In short, she is on the brink. And its fascinating to watch the little clues to the woman she will be.
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