Mia

Mina Meee. My mini me. This is my middle. I had her on Thanksgiving and she has forever been my turkey baby.


This little queen has so many feels. She has a huge heart and quite a range of emotions. When she hurts, she hurts hard. When she loves, she loves hard. She cares about others and puts others before herself. Recently, she made a bunch of drawings and sold them a church function with my mom. Later that day, my mom handed me an envelope with $10.00 in it because Mia wanted to raise money for the homeless. What 6-year-old does that? This year, she received the school award for "compassion and acceptance" and at her parent teacher conference, her teacher told me that Mia was honestly the only student who could have the desk next to a specific student in her class because of her heart. I would like to think that Neil and I have had a hand in helping Mia to be the kind little being that she is...but honestly, I think that's just her nature.


I adore Mia. She is pretty dang funny. She loves Lego and the color purple. She has recently gotten into cheer leading (which is a hoot) and her dream is to be Lego engineer. She reminds me so much of her Daddy. She loves to sing but only likes to perform on her own terms. She loves her Kindergarten teacher and school. She's silly and sweet and everything a 6-year-old should be. I know she is going to go out into the world one day and be a great success at whatever she decides to do. But I think what makes me most proud is that she will do it all with a kind heart and a queen's attitude. Girls rule the world. Go Mia Go :).

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What is your name and how do we know each other?

"Mia Lily Pantig-Well, I came out of your belly! That’s how we know each other! (I have to go pee...can we pause?)"


How old are you?

"6"


What are you currently doing with yourself?

"Going to school"


Are you where you hoped you would be? What do you love about life right now?

"Yeah. Building Legos."


Women are becoming a resilient sound that cannot be silenced. What are you doing to contribute that sound?

"Yelling."


What is something you learned from a younger age that has stuck with you?

"Has stuck with me..would probably be...my homework?"


Who is an individual who made a profound impact on you and why?

"ZoZo. (Her best friend). Because she’s nice and helpful. (What about as an adult?) I would say Daddy. I think Daddy because he has been helpful to other people around him and he does his best to not get angry when he’s at work."


What is a weakness or something that exposes your vulnerability and what do you do to combat/embrace it in order to grow?

""Take a deep breaths. I eat food so I can grow better and taller.""


What is something that you want to accomplish and what are you doing to get to that place, if anything?

""I want to be a Lego Engineer. I have a lego container to help me build and get better at what I am building."


And now..a few questions to lighten the mood...


Dogs or Cats?

"I would say Dogs."


Cheeseburgers or Salad?

"Cheeseburger!"


Beach or Mountains?

"ooohh..I would say….Snow Mountains. Those are fun. Kinda funner than the beach...because I really like the snow, it’s fun."


Sweet or Salty?

"Sweet"


Lose all of your old memories or never make new ones?

"Never make new memories."


Disney..or is there any alternative?

"I would say Disney...Just Disney because I love watching Disney movies. They are fun. I like when they make me laugh."


What is a fun fact that someone may not know about you?

"Cheer! I want to be a cheerleader. I like doing it with ZoZo...It’s fun."


And the final two important questions...


What is a common misconception about you that people make based on your appearance? What is your truth and how do you personify strength?

"In order to be a strong girl...I exercise with mommy in the videos."


You have inspired me. What about yourself do you hope to put out in order to inspire other young people?

"Help people and be kind."

















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