It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly my girls seem to make gigantic leaps in their maturity, and our trip to France provided Ellie the opportunity for just that. Usually when we are away from the girls, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between the girls when they talk on the phone. It takes a few sentences before we realize who we're speaking to, but this time it was different. I want to say Ellie actually SOUNDED more grown-up, but it was more than that.
It may sound like a small thing once I say the words out loud, but Ellie actually asked ***US*** about our trip. Whenever we talked to her on the phone, she would ask us about details about what we were seeing and all the places we were exploring. She was interested in ***US***. Addie, on the other hand, was much more like we expected and would answer our questions about her days. It takes a big leap in maturity to really take the time to listen to what's going on in other people's days.
And it hasn't stopped since! Amazingly Ellie still asks me about my days. I wouldn't claim it happens every day but it does happen more often than not. There was even one day when she overheard me admit to her Daddy that I was nervous about a big presentation I had at work. That evening when I picked her up, the first thing she asked me was how my presentation went. REALLY? WOW, Ellie. WOW.