"Mom, is it okay if I mix two cereals together?" called Allison from the kitchen as she crafted a late night snack. Tonight's concoction was Rice Krispies and Apple Jacks.
"Your dad's grandfather, Boppa, always mixed his cereal," I replied.
"Oh good, that's where I get it from," said Allison.
My youngest daughter is always trying to connect herself with members of our extended family. She feels like a square peg in a round family (hmmm... I feel that way at school!) and she wants to attribute some of her characteristics to heredity. She has a unique personality and a joy for life. Her nickname is "All is on."
Unfortunately, her enthusiasm isn't appreciated by everyone.
"Why can't she be quiet and normal!?" growls her big sister.
Our big saying in the house is "Normal is a setting on the washing machine."
Big sister isn't buying that.
Allison is caring, noisy, grumpy, happy, playful, loyal and persistent, all rolled up into one person. She's been labeled with many letters of the alphabet by teachers (especially in 3rd grade), but I refuse to let these labels define her. I truly believe she is a right-brained kid being taught in a left-brained world. Some of her former teachers taught to her strengths... music, lyrics, movement. Most didn't.
As a sophomore, she's asked a lot what she'd like to do when she grows up. She has lots of ideas, but she knows she needs to figure out something practical to balance out the creative.
Recently she took a career quiz and the number one answer was "race car technician." This is her new go-to answer when people inquire about her future plans.
"Oh," they say, "are you taking any auto shop classes?"
"Nope," she replies. "My Papa Paul watches NASCAR. I'll just work for one of those guys. They are rich."
Yup. Square peg with a sense of humor. This sense of humor has helped her create some great relationships with teachers and friends, and I know she will rely on it in her future.
Mixed cereal. It's just the tip of the iceberg that is Allison.