This week, Emma came home and told me that she gave a speech to her whole class. They weren’t listening or respecting her teacher, so she reminded them of their teacher’s hard work, the effort, and the care she gives to each student to promote learning. Her teacher ended up crying, moved by Emma courageously speaking in behalf of her to her peers about the work she does. She said that out of the 20+ years of teaching, no one has ever done that for her. ?#?emmanuellegrace? ?#?twelvesixteen? ?#?pictureday? ?#?speak??#?thankyouteachers?
So proud of you emmanuelle grace. Tonight was the third night you slept in your room alone after Zienne was born. I know how hard it must have been for you, with all the initial attempts and your concerns (monsters, itchiness, loneliness, fears). But after your Tatay read you a story, prayed with you, and after I came and tucked you in, laughed and talked with you, you mustered up enough strength and faith that we’re so close to you still. It must be very hard, at four years old, after days and days of being conditioned to having such the warmest comfort of being with those you love most before going to sleep, then having to sleep alone with a blanket of thoughts. But you did it tonight. Thank you for being so brave. It’s times like these that I am so proud of you. And although I know it’s a step towards your independence, I already miss you. I love you monkey. I wish I could keep you forever.
I’m writing this as she’s taking her big girl shower by herself. Out of the blue, today, she hugged me and said, “stay for a long time and don’t leave me. You and Tatay, I don’t want you to leave.” Then she started crying and wouldn’t let me go, with her arms around my neck. I told her, “Emmanuelle, even when you find your ‘Prince and you’re the queen of your kingdom,’ Mama and Tatay will never leave you and always take care of you. Even when you become a Mama and have a baby, and live in your Hello Kitty house, we’ll always be there to love you. Childhood is a very funny thing, but I’m glad I know that when she was three, she loved me with the deepest love. Time goes by so fast. I cherish this girl with all my heart, even her emotional over-filled sentiments.