Meredith is our fifth child and the baby girl in the Morristribe.
There are many distinct advantages to being the baby girl of your family:
* You have Daddy wrapped around your little finger from day one.
* After three boys in a row, Mom and Dad will buy you massive amounts of pink clothing.
* Siblings will laugh and giggle at anything and everything you do.
* Siblings will do anything you ask, especially if you say it in a cute voice.
* There is no need for shoes since your feet never meet the ground.
* There is little need to worry about learning to walk, the family carries you everywhere.
* You have multiple pet names from every member of the family.
* You pretty much get away with everything.
There are unique opportunities to being the baby girl in a family with 6 boys:
* You learn to cradle your baby doll in one arm while whipping your brother in a light-saber fight with the other.
* Your lay-up skills are outstanding for someone your age…and gender.
* You possess absolutely no fear of any bug, critter or older sibling’s friends.
* Your impersonation of Robert DiNero saying “You want a piece of me?” is excellent.
* You can not only pass and throw a football with skill, but know most of the rules of the game PLUS all the cheers.
There are also a few disadvantages to being the baby girl in a family with 9 kids, 6 of them being brothers:
* You get made fun by your brothers if you get too ‘girly’ on them, like wear a big, pink bow or a frilly dress in public.
* You spend a lot of time sitting in the bleachers, watching everyone else play sports and get to do things, mostly because you’re….the baby girl.
Meredith is one of those kids that hardly ever complains and is a total team player in life. She loves on and supports everyone while asking little for herself. Mer is selfless, maternal and a loyal friend to the depth of her being. Her heart is a mile wide and so is her smile.
Mer loves horses. She has always wanted a horse of her own and dreams of taking riding lessons one day. Well, not anymore.
Today was HER day. It was finally her turn to do something by herself, without her big brothers.
We started riding lessons for her once a week, after she gets her school done. Today she met her personal instructor and her Appaloosa horse. (We don’t own the horse, didn’t mean to imply that.)
She was completely confident as she met these new opportunities today and rode like a champion. I was rather shocked, frankly, at the skill she displayed. What a horsey-girl…or equestrian, I should say.
The entire Tribe was so happy for her, she talked 500 words a minute the rest of the day about it….I don’t think she’ll be able to sleep until her next lesson!
Go Mer….you deserve it.