|Selfie (taken by Harmony) at Caper Acres, Chico|
Harmony has lights in her eyes that sparkle, like fireworks. She is filled with curiosity and loves adventure.
When she puts a puzzle together she concentrates with such intensity that she twists her mouth and purses her lips. She glows with love asks me to cuddle with her as we read, which she does at a fourth grade level.
She is friends with every kid in her first grade class, even the awkward ones that have trouble fitting in. She is tender and gentle, fiercely protective of her sister and her mother.
Today she turns seven years old.
“She’s amazing,” her teacher told me two weeks ago. “Her reading level is definitely advanced, but she enjoys helping her classmates, which is what makes her special.”
|Daniel and Harmony with their new teachers!|
Harmony loves her school experience and looks forward to going every day. She seems to delight in every portion, especially her friends. Daniel, her bestie from kindergarten, is always by her side when I come to pick her up on Fridays.
Because I am two hours away, our Fridays are spent at one of Chico’s picturesque parks, or its Gateway Science Museum, or visit an old fashioned Ice Cream Shoppe.
|Ice Cream cones!|
We shop at local toy and game stores that carry American-made toys and stuffed animals. We go to the Library and look at new quilts hanging on display and then read a book or two. Fridays with the girls are relaxed, sweet times.
Back at home, Harmony and I cook together. She loves to cook, just like her Mama did at her age.
“Grandma,” she sighs. “I just love you.”
On Fridays, my world is filled with life. I am grateful that I get to be engaged in this little person's life, someone who is joyful and loving. How was I ever able to inherit such joy? I love this girl so much… she is solid gold!