My little Lil is quietly brave. Moving to the other side of the world hasn't been easy for her, but most of the time she just gets in and does what she has to do, even when she'd rather stay on the couch and watch Scooby-Doo. She misses her friends, her school and her family. She spent the first six weeks here asking me: "Is it past my bedtime in Australia?" This was her little bit of joy - being up past her mates in Australia.
Most of the time, she happily goes along with whatever is happening. Tackles each challenge without a word of a whine. I'm grateful for that. Occasionally there is a bump in the road and she asks "Why did we have to come here? Why can't we just go home? Can we go home when I'm 8 or 9 or 10?"
This morning when I dropped her at school she hugged me extra hard, not really wanting to start another week without her bestie who she misses, another week of school that she says is: "all work, work, work, no playtime like in Australia".
Tomorrow she's getting the Star of the Week award, her teacher told me she really deserves it and Lil will be over the moon. I hope this boosts her a little.
It's also her birthday this week. I can not believe she'll be six. She's having a party with her classmates and I'm also hoping this will help her make the tight group of friends she so desperately wants.
I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, her reply: "A cleaning set, so I can help you clean the house."
She asks for so little, she never really asks for much at all. We want to get her a present that will blow her mind. For once, I'm completely stumped.
What do you think a six-year-old girl would absolutely adore? Anyone?