Eleanor is four and one half years old. She is the daughter of my friends Jack and Misty. This past September, Eleanor entered a bilingual preschool. She also takes horseback riding lessons and plays soccer and has two very proud parents.
Eleanor is a very bright, independent child. When I have been around her, I have noticed that she is very respectful and considerate of others, especially for one so young. Once I heard her ask her Dad for a snack and he had some fresh peppers and offered her a slice. At first she scrunched up her nose and Jack said, “You like peppers Ellie” to which she said, “Oh” and took the slice and promptly ate it exclaiming, “I like peppers Dad!”
When I saw that exchange and thought of all the times I tried to tell my kids that they liked one vegetable or another, I was surprised that Jack made it look so easy! He really seems to put all of his effort into this child and, these are his words, “she is best thing to ever happen to me.”
Perhaps I feel a kinship to Eleanor because she has the same name that my mother did. When I saw her Dad today, I asked him what kind of pie Ellie might like, and he repied, “Berry.” That is why this afternoon I brought a Mixed Berry Pie to Eleanor for being exactly who she is and for bringing so much happiness to those around her.
I’ll leave you to ponder a quote or two from a very famous Eleanor.
“I have never felt that anything really mattered but knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.”
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”