She sure didn't get it from me (I wish she had), but Emily has more determination than I've ever seen in a member of my family. When she was two she wanted to learn to read. I taught her the letter sounds, but almost daily she'd ask me for a reading lesson. At three she was reading three-letter words and consonant-vowel-consonant-silent-e words, like "cane". Now, at five, she is reading at about a third grade level. All this simply because SHE WANTED TO.
Emily also wants to play the piano. And the violin. Or ANYTHING that makes music. She has begged for a flute, a clarinet, a harp, a violin, a harmonica, an ocarina, a recorder. She has begged everyone in the house who plays the piano to give her lessons. I showed her how to play a scale and two-finger left hand chords, considering her short little hands. Now she can sound out any melody on the piano, including hymns and gospel tunes and Vivaldi and Mozart and Beethoven. Her persistence has paid off, and this week we have a little violin on order for her from SharMusic (she is buying it). In a year I am sure I will be able to report that she is still playing it. (Photos of happy little violinist soon to come.)
All summer she has been begging me to teach her how to crochet. "Emily," I would say, "your hands are too little to do crochet. Let's wait until you are nine or ten." "Nooo!" she would say, "Pleeeease teach me now, please, please, please?" I put her off with the excuse that we needed a large crochet hook and some fat yarn. This week I took her into the local hobby store without thinking. "Mom! While we're here, let's get some fat yarn so you can teach me how to crochet!" Groan. Okay, we got some. Before I could put my purse down and get my car keys put away, she was ready to start. In one hour she had a nice chain going. Look at that concentration!
Emily is supposed to be starting kindergarten this fall, but I think I have already done this year's work, don't you? Can't I put her off for another year? ...She is not going to let me get by with that. She also wants to have her own blog. Don't anyone tell her about stuff like wearing make-up, driving a car, or getting married!