As a mama to three girls, I find myself keeping things that hold special meaning. Things that belong to the girls or memoirs from adventures taken with my hubby.
When my oldest was born, I started to collect things that belonged to her in a wicker box I was given by a friend. I came across that box yesterday while I was attempting to spring clean my bedroom closet. Seeing it hidden among a multitude of other boxes and covered in shoes, I instantly felt butterflies in my stomach at the realization of what it was. It wasn’t until I opened it though when I felt myself get emotional. Along with newborn items I’d saved like hospital wrist bands, baptismal candles, first jewelery pieces, dance recital programs and baby teeth, I came across a little stack of recipe cards bound together with an elastic band. Picking it up to see what it could be, I realized it was a speech my oldest daughter had written when she was in grade four. Reading it to myself while sitting on the floor of my closet, tears began to fill my eyes as I remembered the time when she was 9 and we worked, side by side, to draft what would be her first attempt at speech writing ever.
Today, I share this speech because it means so much to have a part of the past I can look back on and share with my others. What a better way to hold on to a memory than to share it on my blog.
Here is a speech written by my 9 year-old daughter about her baby sister.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a baby sister? Well, I can tell you! Good morning honourable judges, ladies and gentlemen and fellow students. My speech today is going to share with you just how fun it is to have a baby sister in your family.
My little sister’s name is Little B. She is 18 months old. She is the cutest little person I have ever met. Little B has really cute little habits. When she gets tired or sleepy she plays with the curls in her hair by twisting her finger around them. She sleeps with her white blankie that used to be mine when I was a baby and listens to the same music every night before bed. She won’t ever go to sleep without her blanket or music.
Little B says the funniest things. She calls my friend Ileana, ” E-e-ana” because she can’t pronounce the “l” sound. Now she calls all of my friends “E-e-ana” because she thinks all girls have that name. So when my friends Caitlin or Ashley come over, Little B will call them both “E-e-ana”. The funny doesn’t stop there. Little B calls dogs “woof woofs” and cats “meow meows”. She says, ” I know” and “ow” for absolutely everything. Even funnier is how she calls anyone who knocks on our front door “the pizza guy” because she thinks everyone is delivering pizza to our house.
Little B always makes me laugh when she tries to count to three. It goes something like this … ” on, too, tee”. She knows the colour green and thinks that everything is green. The best thing about Little B is how she says my name … “Belle”. When I laugh at Little B, she laughs too. She laughs like this … “heheheeehhee”. Little B thinks everything is funny!
Not only does Little B say funny things but she does funny things too. When Little B has the chance she will climb on something and say “da da na”! In the summer, we emptied a kitchen cupboard for Little B to play in and when she’s in the cupboard she plays peek-a-boo. Sometimes, when we can’t find her anywhere in the house, guess where she ends up being? In the cupboard! The funniest thing Little B does is when she puts on her lion hat and runs around the house screaming, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” trying to scare us. How can you not laugh?
When I first found out I was getting a baby sister, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a little worried about how thing would change. Now I realize just how fun it is to have a baby sister. Little B’s little habits always make me smile. The funny things she does always make me laugh and the funny things she does makes me proud. I love my little sister and she loves me back. She is the best thing that ever happened to me.
And you, my oldest daughter, don’t know how much reading this speech will mean to your little sister when she sees it.
I will cherish the words you wrote about her and look back on the recipe cards you wrote them on year after year when I need to re-live the sweet memories of your younger years.
Thank you, Teen B, for creating a sweet memory I will cherish forever.