Sage: Fifteen Months

Sage… you are so stinking smart!

In the past month, you have been training us as much as we have been training you in methods of communication. It’s amazing to see how many things you understand that you can’t verbalize.

For example, if we ask you to get Dolly, you know which toy is Dolly. If we ask you to get Valentine, you know which toy is Valentine. If we ask you to get the book “with the armadillo,” you immediately head for But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton, and if we ask you to get “Big A, Little A” you grab Dr. Seuss’s ABC.

At the part of The Going to Bed Book (also Sandra Boynton — we all really like her books) where the animals “take a bath in one big tub with soap all over — SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!” you mime motions like you’re washing your tummy.

At the end of Boynton’s Moo, Baa, La La La where the actual words are “(It’s quiet now — what do you say?)” and we instead read it as “(It’s quiet now — what does Sage say?)”… we aren’t even done turning to that page yet and you’re whispering at us.

You make your stuffed animals say “Hi, Sage!” and make them wave their little hands at you.

You have specifically asked to go “nigh-nigh” when tired. You have learned when to say “Bye bye!” and to wave at people… mostly. Although you do sometimes say it just to random cars passing by. But hey, you’re friendly.

And yeah, you really are friendly. Everyone comments on how beautiful you are, how smiley you are, how friendly you are, how happy you are — and you are! You’ve got the world wrapped around your little teensy finger.

You’ve gotten pickier with your food. You’ll ask for something but then you’ll eat a little bit and then throw it on the floor. (You really need to stop throwing stuff on the floor. Seriously.)

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and choke up with happiness and joy. I suspect that will happen for the rest of our lives; even if someday you’re not so happy and friendly and optimistic, you’re just the most amazing little girl ever.

I wanted to give you some more upbeat advice this month, so here it is: support the arts. Some of the best people I’ve ever known are artists — actors, writers, painters, photographers, directors, singers, performers, and so on and so on. If you find art that speaks to you, support it. That simple.

Sage… I love you SO MUCH. I don’t even know how to put into words how much I love you. Your mommy and I watch you walking around — nearly running! — and it’s like we’re seeing our hearts outside our own bodies.

We love you now.

We love you tomorrow.

We love you the day after that… and the day after that… and the day after that…

We love you forever!

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