I was able to spend a large part of my time with my niece during this past trip home, and as if I didn't already know, she once again proved to be a pure genius with true Maya Angelou strength and enough girl power to make you question starting up a real life Power Puff gang. She has grit I can only dream of, confidence I'm just down right envious of, and a heart so full of love and pain that she'll make you want to wrap up in a big blanket and devote the rest of your life to cuddling and baking cookies. I'm telling you - the girl is my hero. Sometimes, with all of the madness of being a part of a crazy, loud southern family, I forget that she's seven. I forget that she still needs me. But that's mainly because most of the time I'm the one who needs her.
We had a mini road trip to my grandmother's, and here are a few things she taught me that I think ever
1. When life hands you lemons, which it often does, cry about it. For real. Let that shit out. Then, get some ice cream, put on some big girl panties and turn up Taylor Swift as loud as you can.
2. If your pants are too tight, get a bigger size pant - not a smaller cookie.
3. Swimming, diving, cannonballs, toothpicks, spank-the-babies, and sliding down the pool slide are all best done naked.
4. "I don't like boys. Unless they're cute."
5. What ice cream can't fix - dancing can.
6. A big butt is a good thing. "Cap, I can always find you because of your big butt!"
There ya go, friends! Knowledge only a feisty little seven year old can provide.
Now, SHAKE IT OFF! Or whatever else your gorgeous heart desires.