As I was reading Sofia’s essay on “when I grow up” for the school application, my heart felt warm and couldn’t help be smile for a long time. She was practicing piano and I was a proud mama
When I grow up I want to be an economist in the xx (where I work). I want to be the person people don’t mind asking for help from. I want to have a happy family and I want to also be someone who is good at running, swimming, soccer, and golf. I want to be someone who animals aren’t afraid of. I also want to be someone who has time to spend with their family. I want to be someone who has enough money to share with the poor. I want to be someone who can cook and bake. I want to be someone who is good at math. I want to be someone who can travel and explore. I want to be someone who is good at some things and great at others. I want to be someone who can problem solve. I want to be someone who has many friends. I want to be someone who can be outside, run around, and feel free. I want to be someone who can write well. I want to be someone who is responsible. I want to be someone who isn’t a sleepyhead. I want to be something special.
I was surprised but not surprised for everything she wrote. Some are explicit values of our family like traveling, physical activities, bake/cook. Others are things that I explicit tell her she needs to learn (writing well, responsible, math). The bolded sentences are the ones that I am most proud of, raising a girl that cares for others and respond with action.
When I was a kid, I wanted to work in an office, with a typing machine, many phones to answer to. I wanted to be a diplomat. I turned out quite different. My parents are hard working but I never aspire to do what they did for living. I love my job and girls can tell that, so I am not surprised that they want to have the same job.
Another bright spot of my day was the two salads Jesica (our helper) made following the recipes I sent her. They are so colorful, fresh, crunchy and nutritious. Hubby and I both enjoyed them.
I added extra lettuce to give extra crispiness. So good!