For those of you with a girl who has a little while before she reaches the milestone of turning five, this might be a small warning, no insight, into the intensity that your princess will be facing. I have been told that girls start to battle an onslaught of hormones around this time. Well I don't know all the scientific facts about that statement but I can tell you a storm has been brewing in the Roemer house since Smylee Rylee blew out her candles. Emotional seems like an understatement. The crying is intense. The mood swings will give you whip lash. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about, but at least we know why it's happening, and we may not be able to communicate in the middle of our sobbing drama, but we do have the vocabulary to explain what we're upset about at some point. And if we can't explain it, we apologize and try to laugh it off. "Sorry about that! Don't know where that came from! Didn't mean to bite your head off! I promise not to threaten your life again." Well, you have to ride this insane emotional roller coaster with your darling girl and be as patient as you can. Trust me, you'll wish you could just drop her off at the park and go get a smoothie while she rides the ups and downs.
As frustrating as this new chapter in our lives has been, there are moments of brevity. While driving home from running errands today, a song came on the radio. Rylee told me when she hears it she thinks of when she first got Mooty. (Mooty is the most beloved of all her stuffed animals. I wrote a previous story about the time Mooty was lost and then found. Very dramatic and triumphant story of love and courage in the face of loss and, okay, not really. But it was really upsetting at the time.) I am going to include the chorus lyrics to the song so you can get an idea of just how serious her love for Mooty is.
"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have love you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more