Princess Melea

Princess Melea

My middle child, Melea, is 4 years old. She gives truth to the quote, “out of the mouth of babes…” She picks up everything and repeats it when we least expect it. I remember having a vivid imagination as a child, but not at the age of 4!
The other day, I was in the bedroom tinkering around on the computer and mommy was in the living room. It wasn’t any louder or quieter than normal, and we have a small house, so we were fairly sure no one was endangering life or limb.
Then she comes to me and says something like:
“Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!”
“Yes Melea?”
“I have something to tell you.”
Now, she precedes everything she needs to tell, ask, or otherwise state with that sentence right there. Whether she is apologizing, asking for food, or saying “I love you,” she always begins with “I have something to tell you” and then waits for you to zoom in on her, lest she repeat the phrase again.
Now my daddy-o-meter kicked in. I honestly have a bad habit of zooming out of the world around me and zooming into whatever little activity I am doing (frequently computer related activities). But fortunately, God gave me the good sense to recognize that the plea from my child is more important than anything on a computer, and I was able to come out of my trance and focus on what my little girl was trying to tell me.
“Would you come buy something?” she asked.
Intrigued, I follow her right down the hall and immediately see that she has set up a store in our hallway, sprawling out from the bathroom door. All kinds of wonderful goodies are for sale. Please see the picture below:

You might notice stuffed animals, a water gun, mommy’s dress shoes and tennis shoes (I had already purchased my dress shoes for 20 cents before I had the presence of mind to take a picture), toilet paper, and various other goodies acquired from several rooms in the house.
Seriously, did I do this sort of cute stuff when I was 4 years old?
Not too many days ago I spent the ride home stifling tears as I listened to a new Point of Grace song that reminded me of Melea. She loves to dance and loves to be called Princess. She’s independent and yet she’s a great cuddler if she’s in the right mood. She’s moody like her daddy but big-hearted as any 4 year old I’ve ever seen. She’ll often confess to something she didn’t do so her big sister won’t get into trouble. What a girl. I can’t wait to see her grow up!
Here’s the words to that song:
spinning around of the tops of his feet
smile of the angels cannot be so sweet
wide blue eyes and piggy tail swirls
she’s her daddy’s girl
cuz’ he knows the jokes that always make her laugh
takes her for ice cream instead of her math
at the end of the day by the light of the moon
they turn up the music in their living room
and she yells

dance me dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down
theres nothing better than being your girl and if i am your princess
then daddy you are the king of the world

its funny how life moves in circles of time to think so long ago
that face was mine houses get smaller
we take different names but some things in life stay the same

dance me dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down
there’s nothing better than being your girl and if i am your princess
then daddy you are the king of the world

some day she’ll go off and find a life of her own
and marry a good man and make a happy home
until she comes back and sees with those same eyes
what time cannot disguise
she walks through the door with that look on her face
cuz’ daddy’s brown hair has all turned to gray
they talk for hours they cry and they laugh
watchin’ old movies and time goes by just as she turns to go she says
hey day how ‘bout one for the road

dance me dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down

dance me dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down
cuz’ there’s nothing better than being your girl
oh there’s nothing better than being your girl and if i am your princess
then daddy you are the king of the world
king of the world
smile of the angels could not be so sweet

How blessed I am watching my children grow up! More on the other two some other time.
-Harvey

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