Age nine feels like the Girl and Grown-up Coalition.
She isn't too old to love Frozen, dressing up, dancing freely, and chocolate crackles.
But she also reads textbooks, tidies her room, teaches herself Italian, and has legs that are as long as forever.
At nine she can still be both girl and grown up, and there is no in-fighting between these two worlds.
I know that the balance must change with the years, but I love the beautiful and harmonious junction that I see now in my gorgeous growing up girl.
Happy Birthday Elara!