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May 8, 2012

Rose’s 2nd birthday May, 2009

Under same tree, May 2012

“Coley, this spot here is for the truffles,” Rose explains, pointing to a nifty folding bench on her lego airplane.


“Yes. This is where you keep your truffles. When you’re flying.”

*sound of head-scratching*

Rose decodes our blank faces and asks, “truffles is what you sometimes call big suitcases, right?”

“Duffles, Rosie,” Col smiles benevolently at his sister, “they’re called duffles.”

Living with Rose is like hosting the new reality show: My Thoughts, Uncensored, in your house. Yesterday morning Rose climbed in bed with me and whispered into my hair, “I’m wearing the smallest socks.” Communication is her currency and she’s a big spender. “I yawned and the gum fell out of my mouth,” she informed me last night.

On good days, the days where Rose is so happy she skips from the kitchen to the bathroom, enumerating, singingly, all the things she loves, I think, “she’s so articulate, so expressive!”  On days where there’s already an ache in my head that feels a lot like small people who have no “off” button, it’s a little like listening to Roger Ebert flip through his rolodex of “thumbs down moments.”

“Mama, I don’t like chard. Why do you always give me chard? Well, I only like it in macaroni and cheese. But I just like the eency pieces. I definitely don’t like the stem part. At all. Mama, are you listening?”

She straddles two worlds like no one else. She spends all morning making dramatic entrances in sparkly get-ups, and then climbs on her bike (in some poofy prom dress) riding Dan’s backyard obstacle course, which includes: steering through a gauntlet of elk antlers, ducking under PVC pipe hoops, charging up the board-on-a-brick ramp, grabbing a spoon from Dan and tossing it into the hula hoop hanging from the tree. Record time: 23 seconds.

She reigns over Col’s cronies, pitting them against each other in “silence contests,” for which they sit completely mute piecing legos together, for the prize of one measly sticker. Today, in the five minutes we ran into Col’s friend, Braden, at the vetrinarian’s parking lot, she sold him a empty glass-cleaner bottle that had been malingering in our car for one dollar.

She skips up the hiking trail in a victorian gown, cheerfully attracting dirt and mud as if that’s what the lace pinafore was for anyway. Then she stops to give a short discourse on something or other: the state of her right foot, how she’s hungry for cheese (but not the yucky kind that I make, the other kind, in a wrapper), or how she’s soooooo excited to get to the creek.

When I reach down to hug her in bed at night, she pulls me to her and squeezes me, as if she were the mother and I the child.

Happy birthday darling, Rose. May you always blossom.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. stephinie permalink
    May 9, 2012 7:29 am

    FIVE! How can she be five?!!?

    My youngest does the same squeeze at night…. It makes me feel like one of those dolls that have the eyes that pop pout when you squeeze them. I think he & Ms Rose would have quite a time together…. most likely even both dressed in sparkles and dancing in mud.

    Happy birthday to you sweet girl. {and you too mama!}


  2. Nana Judy permalink
    May 9, 2012 7:58 am

    Bountiful blessings for Rose on her FIFTH birthday – and to her Mama for making us a part of the celebration – through words and pictures.

  3. May 9, 2012 8:14 am

    Rose is such a sweet little person who knows what she wants! Happy Birthday to you both! xo

  4. dad permalink
    May 9, 2012 8:42 am

    Happy Birthday Rose
    See you soon

  5. dad permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:01 am

    Happy Birthday Rose
    See you soon
    Hugs and Kisses

  6. May 9, 2012 9:07 am

    so darling that one! happy day, miss rose!

  7. Susanna Rossen permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:12 am

    I LIKE you Rosie, right across the miles the plains and the mountains there is only one Rosie like you. Happy Birthday!

  8. May 9, 2012 9:18 am

    happy birthday beautiful rose!

    i laughed my way through this post because i have a 7yo girl that talks and talks, no censoring.

  9. Staci permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:20 am

    What a delightful tribute! How quickly our littles become not so little… Happiest of days to you, Rose!

  10. May 9, 2012 9:28 am

    Besides awesome choco strawberry cupcakes, I love the gift you seem to give to Rose all year long…that of being SEEN and KNOWN. Everytime I read about her, I fall in love, and that is simply because I’m reading about your own heart. Happy birthing day mama, and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Five Rosie! Five! What a wonderful age! Love.

  11. May 9, 2012 9:38 am

    Oh my! What a gal!!

    Happy Birthday, Rose!


  12. May 9, 2012 10:10 am

    A dollar in five minutes? Obstacle course in 23 seconds? Impressive! And so many other talents too. I love this girl of yours.

    Happy Birthday Rose.

  13. May 9, 2012 10:23 am

    Happy, Wonderous, Birth-day, Rose!

    Amazing what veggies you can get away with when mixed with Mac-n-cheese. :-)

  14. Melissa permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:56 am

    Happy birthday to Rose, and of course to you and Dan. xo

  15. Ann permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:03 am

    Happy Birthday!

  16. ellen1126 permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:56 am

    Happy birthday to a beautiful girl. May we all have truffles on airplanes

  17. Peggy permalink
    May 9, 2012 12:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Rose!! I just love your stories of her – she and Riley would be BFFs right away, I just know it. Riley also gives me HUGE squeezes, and tells me all the time how I’m the “best mommy in the whole wide world” and this is why she loves me so much! What will i do when she stops thinking that?! Hard to believe FIVE years have passed….how lucky for you that you have documented so much of it for her! HAPPY HAPPY DAY to you all!

  18. May 9, 2012 1:33 pm

    oh that rosie rosie roo. how precious and fierce and gorgeous that child is. i *love* her shyly affectionate tugging/twisting/exploring on my clothes (prolly prohibited in some arenas, but girl, I WILL TAKE IT), the way she will knead my belly like dough and her sweet, grippy hugs. xoxo

  19. Jenny Miller permalink
    May 9, 2012 3:25 pm

    Happy Birthday, Rose! Sending love to you, Miss Tiny Mighty.

  20. janie permalink
    May 9, 2012 3:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Rosie girl! We love you so!
    Janie, Juliet, Jasper, Jordi, Jack and Joey

  21. May 9, 2012 5:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Rose! Yet another reason I wished we lived closer- I think Rosie and Miranda would hit it off, they have many common qualities and quirks. Especially the tomboy princess thing. Much love.

  22. Emmanuelle permalink
    May 9, 2012 6:44 pm

    Rose is obviously a sunny and positive girl, exuberant and affectionate, quite like her mum :o) May is such a wonderful time to blossom and celebrate ! Happy, giddy birthday, may your sweet wishes come true !

  23. Maribeth Harris permalink
    May 9, 2012 7:33 pm

    Ah Rosie! What a magical girl. She is great, I love to hear the things she says, thanks for sharing your family with us Rachel! I am camping up at Juction Creek Campground from June 18-25. I’d love to see you guys. I can’t believe how fast she and Chloe got to 5!

  24. May 10, 2012 4:35 am

    She sounds a lot like my five year old :)

  25. May 10, 2012 5:06 am

    Happy Birthday, Rose! Keep dirtying up those pinafores. That is what they’re for!

  26. Melissa permalink
    May 10, 2012 8:42 am

    Such an amazing girl you have. I love that photo of her two old self, and love the humorous and vivid way you describe her. I’m pretty sure she could convince me to buy just about anything! Happy, happy birthday to Rose!

  27. May 10, 2012 12:50 pm

    happy birthday, rose raven! (that IS what lace pinafores are for, isn’t it?)

  28. May 10, 2012 3:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Rosie! I’ll never forget the time you convinced Cedar to climb under your bed and then simply laid on top of him ’til you both couldn’t stop laughing.
    Happy birthday you you too Mama – and good luck in the teenage years with that one!

  29. May 11, 2012 2:17 am

    Doing five in our house too. I had almost forgotten how special it was, and now Hazel reminds me everyday- it is a crazy fun year, especially when you have crazy fun children! Happy Birthday!

  30. May 11, 2012 4:24 am

    I just luuuurve your beautiful descriptions of your awesome family. How genuine, heartfelt, and not just a little bit humorous. This homage to Rose was a real treat to read. Thank you.

  31. May 14, 2012 8:30 am

    I hope that Rose had a lovely, lovely day!

  32. May 16, 2012 9:43 am

    Sorry I missed this…(I’m SO behind in my blog reading…not to mention commenting).

    What a beautiful post about your sweet girlie. 5…such a BIG birthday. And hmm…I wonder where she gets her articulateness from? xoxo


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