On 10/10/10 Charlise Clare Wilhelm will be six years old. It’s hard to believe that we have a six year old granddaughter. Time flies! It only seems like yesterday that we met our ‘Little Peanut’ and now here she is ready to be a big girl. But not too fast – please! She might be ready to be a big girl but Pawpaw still needs some time to catch up.
Charlise is in kindergarten – a big milestone. She loves school and I’m certain her teacher loves her, too. Her circle of influence is growing and her peers’ opinions are VERY IMPORTANT now. She is similar to all other kids in her need to ‘fit in’ and I’m sure she will have more than her fair share of school friends. She has a way of winning people over with her big smile. She’s already a charmer at six!
This Saturday she is having a “bowling” birthday party and has invited everyone in her classroom. It will fun to see her interact with her new friends. I can already tell that she will be popular in school because she is such a loving and giving little girl. She just has a way about her – so sweet, so nice, so Charlise!
Charlise and I have a lot fun being silly together. We tease Nana and we laugh a lot. We make funny noises and we chase around the house. We play outside and hunt for wild chihuahuas in the backyard (one of our many ‘pretend’ games). I guess when she gets older she will either remember this time fondly or laugh about it – either way; I’m okay.
As exciting as it is to see her grow up and become her own little person, I sometimes can’t help but reminisce about when she was born. She arrived a month before she was due and only weighed 3-1/2 lbs. I will never forget holding her for the first time and feeling like the luckiest man alive – I believe I still am! But there are times when I really miss Baby Charlise. When she spends the night at our house now she sleeps in THE BIG BED in the yellow bedroom. But when I look in on her late at night and watch her sleeping and listen to her breathe I can still catch a glimpse of our sweet baby who was such a little peanut at birth. She lies there in peaceful sleep and her face still has the innocence and purity of an angel – I’m certain (for me) that it will never go away.
Charlise is our first grandchild. And being first gives her special status. She was the first grandchild to capture my heart and she will hold it forever. I know that God has blessed me and her name is Charlise.
Happy Birthday Peanut!