That Face!

Look at that face.

That face reveals excitement each morning. A new day! So many jokes to tell! So many games to play! So much fun!

Cypress

How can she look so much like all her great aunts and great grandmas and still look just like her own sweet self?

That face looks up at me to make sure I’m in on the joke, too.

Cypress

I’m ready if you are!

That face reveals a little girl with a big plan.

Cypress

“I know just what I want to do right now.”

When the plan is “Give Dad a hug,” then that face expresses a daughter’s real happiness.

Cypress

“Pops! You’re the greatest!”

That face brings echoes of all the little girls who loved to dance alone in the early hours before the sun rose, feeling music move through them as the pink light slowly shifts from east until it turns into a golden warmth settling into everything.

Cypress

Goofballs can feel reverence, too!

That face shows an individual who, though she embodies the strengths and joys and secret power of all the Bough women before her, knows her own moves that she invented and nobody else can quite match.

Cypress

Yeah. She’s got her own style!

That face displays resolve. She’s already set her intention, and she wants to be sure that I know that my role is to facilitate, not to interfere.

Cypress

“You can just cancel that from my queue. I know what I want to do next.”

That face knows how to meet trouble head-on. Pepper Doople, Intergalactic Pirate Par Excellence, isn’t running from anything. Space bandits? Bring ’em on! Space patrols? Let ’em try! Meteors? Asteroids? Dark matter? We’re up for anything!

Cypress

Hold the course!

Ok. Maybe dark matter is too much even for the bravest space pirate. That face shows contemplation of mysteries that creep into even the simplest game of make-believe.

Cypress

“What is ‘lost dark matter,’ anyway? How can matter get lost? Where does it go?”

That face brings joy to everyone around her, every day, through jokes, laughter, games, and hugs.

Cypress

“Pepper Doodle!”

That face reveals the secret personal mission that Cypress has set for herself: Who needs cheering up today? Who can I make happy?

Cypress

“Gramps looks like he could use a hug.”

That face shows a girl who’s learned that the best way to be truly happy is to bring joy to those around you.

Cypress

“Pepper Doodle!”

That face reveals a child who’s learned that, as fun as happiness is, there’s more to life than being happy.

Cypress

“I got all kinds of mysteries of the universe to uncover. Good thing we got an intergalactic telescope.”

There’s good food, too!

Cypress

“What’s in the fridge today?”

That’s the face you see when your great aunts are some of the best cooks ever! Chicken stir-fry? Oh, nano!

Cypress

It smells SO good!

Cypress

And it tastes even better!

Cypress

“No telling what I can accomplish after a meal like this one!”

Look at this face!

Now this face belongs to a teen who’s decided it’s wise to keep his rebel spirit under wraps when he’s at high school.

JP

The hat was his choice.

At least, mostly under wraps!

JP

After all, he’s got to let a little of his rebel spirit show.

And this face? This face, which belongs to young geek and park boy Anderson, makes this Simmer think, “Oh, the genetics! Think of generation 10!”

Anderson

He’s adorable!

But no.

That face reminds me that the decision isn’t mine to make. Cypress, like all the Boughs before her, will be the one to determine the course and timing of all the aspects of her life, even her love life!

Cypress

“Aunt Sugar says I get to choose.”

Look at that face.

At the end of the day, that face is the face of a child, loved and treasured, respected and guided, cherished for who she is. Before we know it, she’ll be grown, and we’ll be searching her face for traces of that little girl’s face that revealed who she was when all she had was a single trait and a child’s firm intention.

Cypress

Little one, sleep well. You have a big life ahead of you!

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