Middle's 9-year old birthday roses are opening. It's been weeks. It's amazing to me how long they last. Everytime MOTH buys roses for Middle, I'm reminded of her toddler days. She was about mid-3 to early 4 year old when she declared to the family that she was re-naming herself. I remember sitting at dinner with our then family of four. She blurted out her intentions and crossed her little chubby arms in front of her chest like she was preparing for battle. Done deal. There was no room for negotiation.
I complemented her new name choice.
We called her . . Rose Petunia Annalise for weeks.