When my daughter was born and I had weeks of the baby blues, I would tell my mom, "I don't think she likes me." The lack of reaction to my every effort from my newborn was frustrating for someone who thrives on audience participation. When Amelia finally smiled, after two months of some of my best baby care giving and entertainment material, I was thrilled.
As she grew up, I've enjoyed her every day more and more. By my wise mother would always tell me, "Wait until she's four years old. She will be your buddy. It is the best feeling." Well, she was right, my little buddy has arrived. I'm not sure when it happened; the fact that Amelia has inherited my passion for performing has a lot to do with it. I have found a great side kick and wonderful company in this little girl. Last week, we went shopping together and for the first time, we tried clothing together. Then, we went to Millennium Park where she ran around in the fountain, afterwards we had lunch together, just the two of us.
"This is delightful, Mama" Amelia kept saying.
As we sat on the grass having ice cream, I asked her
"Amelia, what are you thinking about?"
"Sitting here, having ice cream with you" she replied.
No statement has ever sounded sweeter. My girl will not substitute the company of my wonderful girlfriends, but she is such a welcomed presence in my life. I'm thankful that I can experience this kind of relationship and I will cherish these memories when teen age syndrome takes her away from me for a few years. Ay Mama!