It's been quite some time since we called her that nickname and it just feels wrong to keep using the term on here. We have other familiar names now, but they aren't really used outside our immediate family and friends and it also isn't right to use them here.
Miss 8 likes to dance. She takes classes in hip hop, jazz and tap and can't decide which she likes best. She likes to sing and has joined the school choir, she would also like to take singing lessons, but doesn't want to sing in front of people, probably ever.
Books are her other thing. She was blessed with the ability to learn words fast and to read through books at an alarming rate. I think she would like to run her own book club, but you need to be able to read a book a night to keep up with her pace and I can't keep it up myself.
This girl knows what clothes she will and won't wear and is very clear on it. No frills, no bows, no skirts, not dresses. There is to be nothing too girly and nothing that looks like boys clothes. They should not be too big and baggy or too short in the arms (which is currently every jumper she has). Clothes must be totally comfortable at all times, providing access to cartwheel and do middle splits in case the need should arise for such a thing. Shoes can be sneakers, runners, trainers or dance shoes.
She is funny and has lot of questions for anyone that will sit quietly enough to allow her to ask them and answer them properly. She can tell a great story. This girl has very little tolerance for injustice which can cause her much angst as she tries to work through why people act the way they do and why some people live with so little.
She also understands social media. How it works and what is appropriate and from this she has made her own request. No longer is her photo to be on Instagram or Facebook without her consent.
This will make my yearly instagram photo album a little less family focussed but it's a request I will obey. It will mean me being a bit more creative with how I collate our stories. This blog is my story and Miss 8 is a big part of that, she will remain in the discussion, but in a different way than when she was younger.
It's all just another part of growing up.