Friday, September 30, 2011

Precocious Chloe

This morning, while reading to the kids an article in the Friend magazine about Jesus's miracles, we came upon the story of Lazarus.

"The people said that Lazarus had been dead for four days," I read. 

Chloe, who up to this point had been eating her breakfast silently just then announced, "that's longer than Jesus!  He was only dead for three days!" 

That it would even occur to her to process such a comparison is amazing to me.  I had to chuckle.  I love the way her intense little mind works.
This experience reminds me of a similar conversation Chloe had with my mom back in May when we were visiting.  After whining over something trivial, my mom, in explaining that you don't always get what you want, said, "You know, most people want something they can't have!  For example, not everyone has a grandpa and grandma!"

"WHO?!!", Chloe asked, but before my mom had a chance to answer, Chloe was on it.

"I know!!  Adam and Eve!  ...  ...And their children!"

She was right!  How did she know that, and what on earth even prompted her to question "who?" in the first place?  She is so quick and sharp, yet carefully thoughtful in the process.  She questions practically everything but always has a reason for doing so.  She persists until she's satisfied.  And yet beneath this intense and sometimes overbearing exuberance lies the tender sweet spirit of an innocent child who knows with every ounce of her precious being that she is special and that she is loved and that she is beautiful in the eyes of her Heavenly Father.  These many qualities Chloe is cultivating give me great hope for her future and all the inevitable junk she's sure to face.

One last thing and I'll stop bragging. 

The kindergartners who can count to 100 were recognized at Chloe's school assembly today.  She was among the few, and has been in the "100's club" since her very first day of school!  She can actually count past 100 and has been able to for months, but today was the day she was officially recognized and awarded for it.

Doesn't she look darling in her little Cougar tee?  It's no wonder BYU beat Utah State tonight!


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