My family is a jumble of personalities, strings that get tangled up in chaos.
Somehow, Eden is the person who takes all those strings and ties them together. She is the perfect personality to make our family a cohesive whole.
I'm still in awe.
She can handle the loud, in-your-face adoration of three older brothers. She hardly blinks as they maul her with kisses and hugs and "burping," which is little more than hitting her on the back. She just smiles at them, coos and takes it.
When it's quiet and she has somebody's attention, she loves to coo loudly and be heard. But when she's in a group of people, she prefers to sit and listen. She doesn't (usually) interrupt to be heard. She already inherently gets the idea of listening, talking, listening, talking.
Yeah, she's pretty chill. But still she enjoys life. She does more than enjoys it. She savors it. When you hand her a toy, you'll see that she brings her hand together oh-so-gently. Each finger is manipulated with thought and deliberation.
Her brothers DEVOUR the goodness of the world. Eden savors it, gently and joyfully.
She is an example to me and I learn from her every day. I want to grow up to be just like she is right now.