Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 697

My daughter is 11 going on 12. She is in year 6 at school and very much looking forward to high school next year.  She is growing up very fast in both mind and body.  Things are changing.  I marvel at her growth and await the sudden explosion into fully fledged adolescence. I am proud, and I am scared.  It all happens so fast ....

Last night she came to me with a personal question.  She framed it as "an embarrassing" question. I said "no need to be embarrassed darling".  So she asked, and I answered. Which lead to another question which I answered.  And another and another and another.  And I answered, and answered, and answered. And once she was satisfied she smiled and skipped off down the hall like any little 11 year old might.

I am feeling nervous about her rapid growth. But I am also very grateful for the mother daughter bond and the open line of communication.  I am grateful for having the opportunity to be home for my children before and after school.  I am grateful that I can be present in all aspects of my daughters life including sport and school activities. I am grateful for being able to see every change, every spurt, and every milestone.  I am grateful that I am here right now watching the magic of a rose bud as it blossoms before my very eyes.

If you'd like to live in the attitude of gratitude then head on over to Maxabella and The Beetle Shack as they spread the joy of happy thanks.

5 comments :

  1. I am grateful to have people like you in life.

    i think kids growing up is harder on the parents personally... now where did I hide those bricks?

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  2. Loved your post. My boys are already adults (only just. I remember observing them change right before my eyes, but yet so subtly... it catches up all of a sudden!
    Visiting via Maxabella's grateful linky. Love the theme of your blog, having turned 40 myself this year! :-) I look forward to reading more.
    Lisa
    Lisa

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  3. What an honour it is to have a daughter, And indeed a privelege to have her so openly communicate with you. The rewards of excellent mothering i suspect!

    xo em

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  4. You are such a good mom and she is such a beautiful person....You should be so very proud. And yes..changes are happening all over the world!

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  5. Hi there, my son is 11 and 12 in about 6 weeks. he's really on the cusp, his body is starting to change a little. He's getting broader in the chest, his thinking is changing... but he still loves cuddling the cat. They're really precious at this age.

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