If you see her in public, she will rarely crack a smile, but at home she giggles like crazy and has a great sense of humor. She likes to improvise on the piano and comes up with some great modal, drone-y compositions. A couple of weeks ago, we had a manicure together, and she was so serious about it. She has the tiniest, cutest hands in the world. The look exactly like mine, tapered lady fingers, but on a tiny girl. Although for years she was very un-snuggly, she has recently gotten into snuggling with me and has stopped wiping off all of the kisses I give her. She loves to read, and her favorite books are two books that I had as a kid: A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor and a book of children's verse. Both have magical illustrations, and I can tell she loves the other-fairy-worldliness of the books.
The other thing she loves is Maude, our eight-year-old neighbor. "Mom, I don't know why, but I always think Maude is so cool." She loves reading and drawing and going in the bike trailer with Moses and movie night. I can hardly believe my beautiful girl, so sick at birth, is now a thriving child about to turn six.
Happy Birthday, Cecily!