...we lost our eldest daughter.
She was an amazing, wonderful child. Despite having Dyspraxia (which affects coordination, balance, communication skills, etc. She also had trouble trouble telling when someone was lying - see below) she learned to ride a bike, skip, use one of those bouncy balls with a ring around it, skip on the bouncy ball, etc, etc. Of course, she fell off and injured herself a lot, but she had a gritty determination to succeed that puts most people to shame. She just got up, wiped away the blood and started again. This same attitude applied when she had her many "teen" arguments with us,making life very "interesting" at times!
Trouble at school meant that we pulled her from secondary education and taught her at home from the age of 11 to 16, not easy all of the time but truly rewarding when you got to see how much she had learnt. She then went to college where she truly showed off how clever she was. She was getting distinctions in her Business Studies course when she was taken ill.
She also had a small but dedicated group of friends, and went to a youth church group with them each week. She loved going, even though she disagreed with some of the stances that the group took - you may remember me talking about the gay issue and how she argued with them about that.
Like all girls, she had crushes on stars. Here are a few of her favourites...
How she loved Jason Donovan!
Later on, she took a shine to guys with eye makeup:
She also loved Good Charlotte http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQlgwke2eyU
Just before Christmas when she was around 15, she was probing for what her presents were. Mrs RC convinced her that we had kidnapped the singer from Good Charlotte and had wrapped him up. A few weeks after Christmas she remembered this and panicked, thinking he might have died in a cupboard somewhere! She nearly peed herself laughing when we told her that we hadn't really kidnapped him.
So today I am remembering the great things about her, the things that made her Sophie.
Have a great day, and give those you love a especially big hug!