Birthday Girl

She’s working on a British accent.

She really likes Thai curry.

My uncle, recently visiting, noted of her penchant for running ahead and fearlessly exploring every nook, “She’s a charger.”

When I was giving Haakon a mnemonic device for remembering that Columbus is the capital of Ohio, she interjected, jokingly, “Do you think Columbus had wireless on his ship?”

On a day when she is wound up with excitement over her birthday and a visit from her grandmother (and new husband), Allegra dances around and shouts, “I have squirrels in my pants!”

She’s been an amazing ten year old. It’s looking like she’ll redefine age eleven, shaping it into a year of grace and beauty and unself-conscious poise.

So what were you like as an eleven year old?

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12 Responses to Birthday Girl

  1. MiaPia says:

    Two days before my 11th birthday we had a 7.1 (or a 6.9, depending on which record you read) earthquake hit, and the epicenter was 1/2 mile from my house. It was BIG. I spent the day itself, I seem to remember, in tears because it didn’t feel like a ‘real’ birthday. Years later, it’s one if the ones I remember, for making me stronger and giving me stories to tell. Eleven is an awesome age, and I hope it’s an earthshaking one (though more quietly so!) for Allegra With the Beautiful Hair. Happy birthday, girl!! xxxx

  2. I did the British accent thing for a while there too…I think I must have been about her age. She’s a real beauty! Just you wait until the boys start lining up. Luckily, you still have a couple of years to go before you’ll have to start warding them off with a big stick. 😉

    Happy Birthday to your lovely girl!!!

  3. chrissy says:

    I can’t comment too much on what I was like at eleven other than I had a bad hair cut, loved to roller skate and hanging with my friends. However, I will comment on how beautiful Allegra is! I knew those legs were getting longer before you left, but clearly they are super model material! Hope she is doing some homeschooling babysitting courses for the neighborhood! Hugs girly! Chrissy

  4. Jazz says:

    Happy Birthday Allegra.

    As for me, I have no idea what I was like at 11, other than miserable that people regularly thought I was a boy. That might be good in fantasy novels, but not in real life.

  5. lime says:

    that girl of yours is an amazing creature but with you and her dad, how could she be anything less? she’s adorable, smart, and funny. i hope 11 is as wonderful as she is. happy birthday, allegra.

    me at 11? VERY self-conscious…

  6. Meredith Berger says:

    Happy 11th! At 11, I was awkward, nerdy, shy and loud and I probably didn’t brush my hair as often as I should have. I knew everything and had plans to rule the world.

  7. Anne Flueckiger says:

    Happy Birthday Allegra! I stopped by Julie & Alison’s yesterday to (finally) meet Aliya. At 11 I was also often mistaken for a boy, and I told my mom I didn’t want to shop at Sears for clothes anymore. I also thought I would rule the world, since I was already president of the “Intermediate Unit” i.e. grades 3-5 at my little school. I was bossy and imaginative. Hmm, not much has changed, although I’m a bit more girly now…

  8. Deborah says:

    Happies to you, Allegra! Maybe I can lunch with you and your mother when you’re 35, ’cause I’d really like to know you as an adult, too!

    My 11-year-old self was a shy, awkward, day-dreaming, horse-crazy book-worm. Some of that still holds true.

  9. Colleen says:

    ELEVEN! I can’t believe it! Happy b-day, Allegra P! Post here and let us know what you did on your birthday. (FYI, there’s a box on its way to Turkey that might have a couple of things in it that will interest you.)

    When I was 11, all I wanted to do was rollerskate, read books, eat Fun Dip and practice writing “Mrs. Shaun Cassidy” on my school folders.

  10. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I think I spent all of 11 with my nose in a book. Though I do remember taking a batik class in summer school and enjoying it.

    She is lovely!

  11. Michael says:

    Happy Birthday Allegra,
    I hope there are doughnuts with sprinkles in your near future.

  12. geewits says:

    At 11 I was an explorer and an adventuress, but had to wait until my 12th birthday to venture out of our tiny little town when we went to Dominican Republic. Your daughter is the perfect age for her current adventure. She’s a lucky girl and I wish her the most wonderful birthday.

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