Oh, this girl. This girl right here. The seven-year-old with the sweet smile and the warm, loving heart that is three times the usual size.
One of the moms stopped me at school pick-up today. She told me her daughter (in Ellie's class) had been very sad this week and was having a hard time...but Ellie, our sweet Ellie, had been taking care of her. She had been with her every day, putting her arm around the sad girl's shoulders, assuring her it would be all right and generally looking after her. The girl had mentioned the extra care to her mom, but then even the teacher had written her an email saying she shouldn't worry because Ellie was making sure she was feeling as happy and supported as possible.
This sweet, sensitive girl. This intense, occasional drama queen, sometimes maddening girl. This studious, focused, dedicated girl.
We are oh-so-blessed to share our lives with her.