OK, I suppose it is time to decide what I'll be calling my beloved child when I refer to her on this blog. I'm getting tired of typing "my daughter."
So I thought of the nicknames she gets called. "Baby girl" is a common one, but as she is nearing 5 with astonishing speed, probably not particularly accurate. We also refer to her as "The Wee One," but as she has always been off the charts for her height, also not very accurate in the grander scheme of things. I call her "Puddin' Pop" a lot, but shortening it to PP just won't do. My husband calls her "The Weasel," and if you spend any time with her as she tries to get her way you'll know why (this is also a term of endearment, as otters are his favorite animal, and otters are part of the weasel family. We have also been surprised to meet SEVERAL kids who are called this by their fathers.) But if I'm trying to write something sweet or serious about her, "The Weasel" will just break the mood.
I was about to give up on a nickname and just go with using her initial, when it hit me: If I am the Maypole, then she must be "The May Queen" - or MQ if I'm feeling lazy.
So... I introduce to you The May Queen, a high energy 4 1/2 year old very blond little girl who loves both princesses and catching frogs in our "bog" (read: drainage ditch). She is tall and lanky, and hugs with a fierceness that will topple you over. She is not fond of sharing her things that are "special to me," which includes just about everything except for the dress-up clothes that are "not pretty," which she will readily put in a pile for YOU to wear. Come on over to play!