Sugar Maple Bough is quiet and unassuming. While her big sister Salix has graduated from high school and begun to consider what she wants to do with the rest of her life, and her mom, now an elder, continues to gain fame as a professional athlete, and her father, also an elder, continues to write children’s books (and play with toys), Sugar has been going about being a kid, legacy style.
That means spending a lot of time drawing. With three days left in childhood, she’d completed whiz kid and rambunctious scamp. Two aspirations is plenty, but Sugar likes to be creative, so we figured, what the heck. Let’s go for artistic prodigy, too. Even if she doesn’t complete it, she can still enjoy her time on the violin and at the art table.
In between drawing, birthday cake provides great fuel for the imagination!
With the imagination fueled, it’s back to the drawing board. Glitter! Macaroni! Glitter AND macaroni!
And another bite of cake..,
While no one was looking, and everyone was busy with their own projects and concerns, Sugar Maple just kept expressing her world on paper.
With one more drawing left to complete in order to finish the creative prodigy aspiration, Sugar thought long and hard. She wanted this drawing to be extra meaningful.
The rest of the household slept, and Sugar Maple, in the cool quiet courtyard, drew the final picture needed to become a true artistic prodigy.
Still two days before becoming a teen, so we chose the last aspiration–Social Butterfly.
I learned a great tip from AkramA/markarchy’s Wonder Child, which is that, once the child has earned an A, there’s no need to head back to school if your child has enough vacation days. Stay home, instead, and work on those aspirations.
So Sugar Maple called in for vacation day, which she spent meeting and greeting.
Starting at 7 a.m., everybody walks past Cradle Rock. It wasn’t long before Sugar had a circle of new acquaintances gathered around her.
She seemed so at ease, talking with this group of adults she’d just met. And when I saw their smiles, I thought, what an amazing thing for a child to be speaking so freely and openly with adults she’s just met, and to be greeted with this acceptance, appreciation, and enjoyment. I wish every child could experience that.
Even Ashleigh Love, dressed in black, who hates children, is captivated by Sugar Maple.
Having met the requisite number of Sims, Shug headed in for a quick snack with Mom and Dad. They were both too captivated by their own stories to give much attention to Sugar. But it seems like she just doesn’t need that much attention. Simply being with her family makes her happy, whether she’s the center of attention or on the periphery.
When Salix’s friend from school, Miracle, stopped by, Sugar had a chance to get to know her.
After a conversation about school, favorite animals, candy, no brocolli or carrots, toys, and a goofy story or two, Sugar and Miracle became best friends.
Next stop? The park. We’ve got kids to meet and a few more adults to befriend!
The kids looked a little bored at first–but don’t let that fool you! All it takes is a funny story, and soon everybody’s laughing and feeling happy.
Our acquaintance from this morning, Rigoberto, became the last friend that Sugar Maple needed in order to complete Social Butterfly.
It was late when she came back home, and the rest of the family was sleeping. But Sugar Maple didn’t care. She’s developed a fondness for being on her own and doing her own thing.
When she came home, she seemed to have a little triumphant grin. She’s earned it. She’s got a full day left of childhood, and she’s already become the first Bough to complete all four childhood aspirations. All this from a quiet, unassuming miracle of a girl. You go, little Sugar Power!