There's this Japanese art of kintsugi, where a vessel - having been broken - is not discarded but pieced back together with all cracks highlighted in gold lacquer. The point of all this to embrace imperfection, and to acknowledge the repairs and cracks as an event in life instead of something to throw away and replace with a clean slate.
There have been many cracks this month, my little girl, whether it be the literal breaking of several cups and dishes, to our constant cracks in health (oh daycare), to the little cracks in both of our patience as we struggle to achieve some sense of our independence, yet hopelessly cling to one another in our times of need.
But it's these cracks and scars throughout life that define us, and without you, I would have been stuck in my brokenness. Because of you, I am able to acknowledge those cracks and make them into something beautiful.
I am super excited to be able to introduce her, so please make sure to visit the very talented and wonderful Erica to see her installment for Kids Were Here this month.