My favorite aspect of toddlerhood is getting to know my daughter as a person. I learn something new about her almost daily. Yesterday, I let Tye pick out fresh flowers at a neighborhood bodega. As she carried home a bouquet of hot pink roses, she proclaimed, "These are my favorite flowers I've ever seen." (Boys, take note.) Once we arrived at home, she allowed me to put all of them into a vase except for one, which she broke off near the bloom and carried around with her the rest of the evening.
This morning, when Tye woke, I reminded her that today was our first day of fall music class. She was so excited that she sang and danced all around the apartment, carrying with her the single rose, as if it was her dance partner. When it was time to get dressed, she specifically requested the yellow dress with butterflies that GG gave her. This is the longest dress in her wardrobe, which in her eyes, makes it the most princess-y. Once it was on, she twirled about as she sang. As we left for class, Tye insisted we bring the rose so she could dance with it.
To anyone on the street, Tye was a toddler carrying a broken rose. The toddler I see and know, however, was a princess wearing her finest dress, who brought her favorite dance partner she's ever seen, all so that she could be prepared for her first day of music class.
I'm already looking forward to next week's special preparations.