When I was pregnant, telling people the baby's due date I often met with this response: 'Oh. A Virgo. You poor thing.' What did they mean? I have Virgo friends, my Mum is one and so is my mother-in-law. And they are all fine. What would be wrong with my baby? So I looked up the characteristics of a Virgo.
I soon found out that Virgos are generally organised. VERY organised. Neat and tidy to the point of annoyance. But I still didn't understand one thing: why would that annoy me? I myself am a very organised, neat person. I would struggle with a messy child, but a tidy one? That's cause for celebration (but don't say the word 'celebrate' to a pregnant woman; it just reminds her of her inability to drink champagne).
And the verdict on Abbey so far? At sixteen months of age, she is beginning to show signs of tidiness. But not in the traditional sense. No, far from it. As I look around, I see a lounge room scattered with toys, items from the kitchen cupboards and clothes from her drawers. Her current understanding of her Virgo-ness is to take things from one place and rearrange them. Which, as a fellow organised neat-freak, annoys the hell out of me!
This apparent instinct to organise also distracts her from doing other things. The other day, I gave her some crayons and butchers paper to practice drawing. She drew one squiggle and then spent the next two hours putting the crayons back in the box, looking at her handywork, then rearranging them, taking them out again, putting a couple in other spots (later, I found some in the freezer!), until she was finally satisfied with their placement.
So, with the combination of star-sign insights and her character so far, I think I can read my future: I see a lot of mind games between Abbey and myself. I see a LOT of arranging, rearranging and re-rearranging, trying to out-organise each other. I also sense a feeling of frustration from Steve.
But it'll be fun. My little girl is perfect just as she is. Sorry, that was just a tinge of protectiveness and loyalty from a stereotypical Cancerian...
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