The other day as I looked over at you playing, I found tears springing to my eyes.
You were playing at Kidville, and you were doing everything all on your own. You even shared with another child without prompting. It was as if you had grown up right in front of my face.
And it hit me in that moment how quickly time catches up with you. I admit I have been procrastinating on looking at preschools, because it means you start your journey into spreading your wings.
When you were 6 weeks old I cried as I packed up you 3-6 month clothes. I couldn’t believe how fast you were growing, and I needed a moment to mourn the time gone by. I shared my feelings in a Facebook post, and got the most beautiful letter from my mom not to long after.
In it she shared that the two greatest gifts a parent can give their children are the gifts of roots and wings, and talked about the joys and sorrows of letting go.
I know now even after less than 3 short years of life, that parenting is going to be filled with these moments of mourning time past and celebrating accomplishments at the same time.
You are growing into a sweet, active, sometimes crazy, adorable little boy. I can’t even properly express how proud I am to see you doing things like playing independently and sharing with your friends.
While I was standing there having this moment of watching you spread your wings a little more, you hit your head really hard on a bar. When it was clear that this was more than a little bump, I came towards you to comfort you, and you hiccupped out through your tears “Make it better mama!” Arms like roots wrapped tightly around each other, I kissed your head, and whispered “I love you.”
Roots and wings hand in hand. Parenting in its most simple form.
I love you Squishy man!
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