Today our beautiful Amelie turned 10.
She drives us mad, our Amelie. She’s a bundle of so many things, so many infuriating things.
I can sum her up in a list of words: funny, feisty, fabulous, fearsome, ferocious, flawed, focused.
You can guarantee to find her slap in the middle of any fight in the house.
You can guarantee it is her making the noise, her causing the fury.
Yet if the chips were down, if you needed a wing man, if you were on your own and had your back to the wall and no weapon in your hand, I can guarantee every one of them would pick Amelie to have by their side.
She might drive them loopy but she is terrifyingly loyal and she’d fight to the death for any one of them.
And they know it.
That is why Fran and Josie slaved without help over a rocky road cake from a tricky recipe to give her for her birthday tea.
Her face says it all. She laps up love, does Amelie and nothing means more to her than knowing she is loved.
She might drive Maddy to distraction most days, but Maddy spent hours locked in her room making this tiger for her. He’s called Sag Bag. He’s brilliant.
Happy birthday Amelie darling. We love you.