Today is the 12th birthday of my niece, Alexis. And today I am grateful for her.
She is funny, smart, and creative.
And when I say smart, I mean she’s way smarter than I was at 12. She’s probably way smarter at 12 than I am at 26.
And when I say creative, I mean that she has more creativity in her pinky than I could ever hope to have. She likes to paint and draw and create things.
She is also thoughtful and has a mess of feelings. And it’s hard having feelings in middle school. Because middle schoolers are not the most sensitive of creatures. They poke and make fun, and bully. And I spend a lot of time worrying about her.
She’d rather play Minecraft than wash her hair, and I love her for that. Because come on, why wash your hair if you don’t have to?
Happy Birthday, Alexis! And happy GratiTuesday!