This week has been a full week for my precious M. Her feet have been moving at rapid speeds and are going many different directions. It’s that time of year for clogging camp. M takes her clogging very serious. This marks her fifth year performing as a clogger. The joy on her face can be seen for miles.
As I was dropping her off for clogging camp this week, something happened. We pulled into the parking lot. M confidently put her backpack on her back, opened the door and said bye mom. I love you. Wait just a minute! She did not want me to walk her in to camp? In the blink of an eye, I saw this very mature young lady looking at me. M had grown up overnight.
She no longer needed me to walk by her side.
She no longer needed my good bye hugs.
She no longer needed my protection.
In the blink of an eye, my oldest daughter went from a very dependent little girl to this confident independent young lady. I can only hope my parenting over the last few years have shaped her into this wonderful young person. From the minute your child is born, you are their provider and do everything for them. Gradually over time, the responsibilities lessen. On one end of the spectrum, I want to smile and be happy. On the other end of the spectrum, I want to cry and hold my daughters forever.
M is this child who is so responsible and will help anyone. Her hand is always there first and ready to help at any given time. The other night at dinner, she had us all take our seat at the table. We were not allowed to get our plates, cups or utensils. She came by with her apron on and wrote down everyone’s order. One by one, we were served with such grace and great hospitality. My child is serving me when I always served her. In the blink of an eye, M has grown up.
Time please slow down.