I've been observing this stranger walking around my house this week.
She resembles someone I feel like I knew. She actually reminds me a lot of me as a youngster.
Willa turned four years old yesterday.
She came down to my side of the bed at 3 am, afraid of the thunderstorm. At 4, I took her to the couch with me so Jim could sleep. We whispered for a while.
"You are four years old now, Willa."
"No, it's not day yet."
"But you were born at 2:51 am, so you're official now. Happy birthday, sweetie."
"Do I look different now, mom?"
"Shhhh....let's talk when the sun comes up."
I nuzzled her back to sleep, thinking about how she and I dozed in a hospital bed together 4 years ago.
I occasionally verbalize my thanks to her for making me a mom. On her birthday, she responded with, "thank you for making me a Willa, mom."
What a great kid, what an incredible adventure.