Happy Birthday Scarlett

On Sunday Scarlett was 13. So another period in our lives comes to an end and a new chapter begins. We no longer have children, we have teenagers. We celebrated Scarlett’s birthday for the whole weekend – on Saturday we had Birthday Brownies (now a Rum institution for all birthdays worthy of capital letters!) at the shop with candles and singing and a really good turn out of Rum residents. Scarlett was given some lovely, thoughtful gifts by Rum friends.

23460206691_700147568c_z

23246626020_8b99ea477f_z

In the evening I managed to get a birthday shout out for her on the Liza Tarbuck radio show which we listen to every Saturday night. Despite the level of media coverage our family has had this year Scarlett was surprised and delighted to hear that on the radio, her face was a picture!

Yesterday, as is Goddard birthday tradition every meal and activity was chosen by the birthday person – for Scarlett this meant cinnamon rolls for breakfast, cheese, crackers, twiglets and pickled onions for lunch, steak pie and mashed potatoes for dinner. Playing with presents, staying in pjs all day and having a small glass of fizz with her dinner. Birthday cake was tiffin, another family birthday cake staple.

22930510233_e4f069c8df_z

23194341699_c526b5c53c_z

Scarlett had some fabulous presents – books, a cd player and loads of audio books from us, some Playmobile and some stick insects. From family and friends she had cards and gifts which had arrived over the last week or so and been stashed away. One of her favourite gifts was a picture from Davies – a series of pictures of herself in the style of various cartoonists and illustrators, it’s fantastic!

cartoons

I spent some time looking at photos of Scarlett over the last 13 years to find some to share on the blog. We have thousands of images of her at every age but the majority fall into only a handful of categories: with animals (by far the largest number), holding a cuddly toy, in water – be it the sea, a river or just a puddle, with an ice cream or an alcoholic drink!, climbing up something or jumping off something, with family or friends, with messy hair and scruffy clothes, fiercely cuddling one of us. There are a couple of photos of her as a small girl with a stroppy, feisty look about her, there are tons more of her grinning with delight.

This photographic documentation of the life of Scarlett is very accurate. She was a delightful yet challenging small girl, filled with attitude and curiosity, always ready to do whatever she was told not to and to find as much fun as she could in doing so. On Scarlett’s first birthday we went to an Open Farm, on her fifth and seventh birthday the Sea Life Centre, for her sixth birthday she was a zookeeper for a day, a safari trip for her eighth birthday – animals have been her consuming and enduring passion whether stuffed toys, creepy crawlies, cute and cuddly, wet and wild or plain ugly and scary!

Scarlett remains a free spirit, unconcerned with trivial (to her!) details such as wearing a coat or brushing her hair. We are approaching her teens and transition from girl into woman in the same way as we went about baby into toddler into child – with love, laughter, mutual respect, a lot of learning along the way for all of us and a delight in seeing the world through Scarlett’s eyes. In the place of the wayward toddler stands a capable, responsible, thoughtful, compassionate young woman who we can rely on to calmly find ways to support and help us, while still needing the security of a cuddle after a bad dream or reassurance when she wobbles. Scarlett came along and taught us all that we still had far more to learn than we ever realised, exploding into our lives with passion, excitement and fireworks.

6739353597_48d1c7797e_z

4166152602_58706b40ae_z

3626065293_fb20813732_z

3565937537_1e46afd72f_z

3502860612_0a2a93ece7_z

3105283125_eb75961ba0_z

3104779849_69c4162fe9_z

3094858025_1f32ff7d46_z

2599357446_0950e30d08_z

2542124929_cd88c0ee2d_z

2391687105_36acd916c9_z

2361764606_9b1d4fbbf1_z

2308037505_4f5f7a259e_z

2247576122_238e051d6c_z

2230106451_4eaef387a1_z

1454972954_18780bdee8_z

2078877890_404c0698d9_z

811195819_185c8160ca_z

101323522_de645bd4d5_z

23078088_105c627e7d_z

66181596_30a4a4fc78_z

3848622321_eeaba2341c_z

3849197502_b01e82124e_z

65512955_0623d229be_z

15603419705_098280312b_k

20793178836_beaa591aa8_z

Scarlett Outward Bound 2015

5063758432_0000d0f5ae_z

2373533635_b9b4497344_z

379456080_3218540129_z

20200978_8bd3b8d2b0_z

32315574_e69082fffe_z

31732718_77ba57f5a7_o

43916432_4f3316870a_o

66179355_2302728900_z

16510582_ed71090623_o

32862471_415d162ab0_z

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Scarlett

  1. Happy belated birthday, Scarlett! It was lovely to meet you earlier this year, and also to know you over the years via this blog. I’m looking forward to hearing about all your future adventures, which I am sure will be wonderful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *