My oldest granddaughter is just like me.
Tilleigh, a kindergartner, has my hair, wit, temperament, personality, passion, mannerisms, my occasional flare for drama and my skills at communicating. The older she gets, the more evident it becomes.
A TV program we watched recently about a mischievous child prompted the following conversation:
Me: "Do you ever get in trouble at school?"
Tilleigh: "Will I get in trouble if I tell you?"
Me: "No, because you'll be telling me the truth."
Me: "What did you do?"
Tilleigh: "You know, Mom. It's my thing. Talking."
For those who know me, talking is my thing, too. It got me into trouble when I was a child in school. As an adult at work, a co-worker and I were separated because we laughed too much.
And like me, Tilleigh loves to write. She's always penning notes about how much she loves me or how much I love her. She also pretends to be a reporter and interviews me.
On Easter Sunday, after not seeing her for four days because I had the flu, Tilleigh sat in my lap or stayed next to me the entire day. At one point, when I was having a conversation with my mother, Tilleigh handed me a note.
It read: "Your r not paen inuf atien to me."
Interpretation: "You are not paying enough attention to me."
Be still my heart.
The child is, without a doubt, mine. I like getting attention, too.
I hope that we always have this closeness and open line of communication. I want Tilleigh to feel confident that she can share her feelings with me regardless of the subject matter.
It's wildly obvious that my granddaughter and I are two of a kind, but it also makes me very aware of how important it is that I'm a good role model. I want to be someone she not only loves, but admires.
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Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...