My happy bird.

by sesame on November 15, 2013

clover-in-the-bath

Too much soap, too little water and one small window before sundown…washing our blues away.

At least we are trying. I don’t think it is that easy for me. I worry that the kids might have inherited my predisposition for depression. I watch them for signs. I see Gemma’s anxiety over issues and quick tears and it is like looking into a mirror of my own childhood. But this little birdie? She is just the happiest thing in our family. Even when she gets upset, the laughter is just under the surface.

Shoes on the wrong feet? Who cares? As long as she can keep skipping around she does not even stop to change them. I hope life is always that easy for her to accept.

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    tiff November 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I love her freckles. They are delicious.

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    amelia November 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Her joy definitely spreads! :D

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    MichaƂ November 16, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Don’t worry. Quick tears doesn’t mean She has predisposition for depression. It means only, She is sensitive. And think positive and everything will be ok ;)

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    Carolina Ines November 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    It’s so lovely that Clover is like that! I wish I were naturally like that as well. I think what’s most important with kids that lean towards having symptoms of anxiety and depression is early intervention. I grew up with a lot of pressure to be perfect – particularly in school and in my appearance. Any signs of anxiety were quickly waved off as me being ridiculous, and eventually that anxiety spurred full-blown, major depression in my teens and twenties. I’ve been following your journey with Kieran, and you appear to be doing the exact opposite- you’re trying to understand his needs and the reasoning behind his behaviors, and, most importantly, you’re getting him help. As someone who is only recently (in my mid-twenties) starting to fully understand the toll of it all and working on healing, I think the fact that you’re so attentive to this while they are still so young is such a gift to them. It may be a slightly rougher road for Kieran and Gemma, but I predict all three of your kids will do just fine – I’ve come to believe the world needs easygoing spunk as much as it needs sensitive overthinkers ;)

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