The 22nd of August is an auspicious day. It is the anniversary of the birth of Ellie Kate Shanahan and this year she turns 8. A bush birthday for our nature-loving daughter, she will wake up as the sun rises, which we will watch together with a cup of tea. Pancakes and damper for breakfast. A swim in a swimming hole, camp oven chocolate cake with candles under the stars. A few lollies thrown in, the promise of a movie in Darwin and it’s a pretty good birthday. Ellie agrees.
This time eight years ago Matt and I were focused on seeing our second child safely into the world, not really thinking too much about who she would be. It’s funny though, how quickly children show their personalities and some of their stronger character traits. Travelling with our three and doing some hard things certainly highlights differences in how they view the world and how they interact with it. Often I find myself wondering how this or that aspect of one of their personalities will help or hinder them as they navigate their way through relationships and experiences. It doesn’t matter, they are who they are and we love every inch of them regardless.
Our Ellie – strong-willed and strong-minded, beautiful, imaginative and creative, thoughtful, sensitive and funny with insights into people that bowl us over. Happy birthday beautiful girl.