Rose has changed us. She challenges us every day with her passion, intelligence, creativity, intensity and strong desire to be independent.
She's been very focused on the difference between five- and six-year-olds. For example, six-year-olds can sleep better, turn off the shower, and share more than their younger selves. When asked what she most looks forward to about being six, she says simply, "A better life."
Even with all this hard-earned wisdom, she's not afraid to put herself out there, as you can see from this portrait (with her friend, Lauren):
I love this picture. It's so quitissentially Rose. I'm not sure if it's the sly expression on her face, the dramatic pose, or the stunning but effective use of pink accessories (including the Michael Jackson glove), but it's definitely her. To me, it shows such as overwhelming sense of self-confidence that it makes me slightly envious. If only all girls (and women) had the same. I hope she never changes.
Her quote from this morning shows that's not a danger, at least today:
"Evan, I know what I want and I'm not going to change my mind!"
Now that was about pancakes, but nevertheless, she's not a girl who won't stick to her guns.
Again, that's just fine with us.