The rain has stopped but the puddles in the driveway call her name. She loves to jump and splash in them, just as any little girl should. She learned her technique from her older brothers.
After I put on her “rain coat” she dashes out of the house to see her playground of water and her begging eyes look up at me as I find her boots.
“I splash?” Sometimes the answer is no. But today, she is free to do what she wants.
After we get her boots on she spots my umbrella, that was purchased many years ago. Many moons before I even knew that God would make me a Mama to a girl. There was a time when I never thought it would be true.
She delights in opening it and holding it over her head. I remark that it matches with her boots and she squeals a little as she twirls and runs and lands in the water. I do not even care that her new dress is getting wet since her smile and joy cancel it all out.
As do mine.
I have a GIRL.