Do you ever look at your little girl (or little boy, I should add) and have your breath nearly taken away by suddenly seeing them as a teenager?
Nah, me neither.
This was taken a few weeks ago when Miss C had strep throat (I wish I looked this pretty when I was sick) after we had stopped for a treat at a great local toy store. She picked out a pair of five dollar tiny butterfly earrings that fasten with a magnet and paid for them from money she’d earned by doing chores around the house. They give her that sense of being more grown up without the commitment of actual pierced ears.
I know the pierced ears request is just one of many that will pave the way to adolescence. It’s a simple desire to be a little bit more grown up, but signals the beginning of many more complex issues to come.
Right now I’m just hoping I can make it through her kindergarten award ceremony in a few weeks without crying.