This is the fairy that M made for the top of our tree!
She must have spent 30+ hours on it and there has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears. She worked to a deadline too: she wanted to get it finished in time to put on top of our tree, which was being put up during Aunty S’ visit last weekend.
As the deadline loomed there were many moments when her face brightened as she remembered something exciting to do (she always has so many ideas and activities on the go) but she would then droop as she remembered she had to continue to work on her fairy. By the final day she was weepy and had clearly had enough, but she still ploughed on until it was done.
Bear in mind that this was a self-imposed deadline, and a self-imposed project, and that she’s 9! I asked her ‘if you could go back in time and tell yourself how hard it was going to be, would you still do it?’ and the answer was ‘yes’.
D (7) has also impressed me with her perseverance lately. Over the last few years she’s really struggled with anything competitive because she can’t bear to be wrong and she can’t bear to lose. The other night she asked me for an addition sum. She couldn’t quite get the answer right though. In the past she would have cried and raged that she NEVER wanted to do STUPID sums again. I could see her eyes welling up so I offered to help her work it out. She refused saying she really wanted to do it herself. And she did, and she beamed. 🙂