It has been happening bit by bit…this change… My soon to be twelve-year-old daughter has one tentative foot into her adolescence, and one foot still carefully positioned in the land of childhood. Her dirty converse high tops straddle them both, not entirely belonging in either…existing in the in-between. The metaphor I so readily conjure is that of a butterfly… The green and gold chrysalis … Read More Day 324/365 A Warm Pocket
“Pick me up,” said my soon to be nine year old daughter. She looked up at me and smiled. It struck me that she hadn’t asked me to do that in a long time, and…that I didn’t know if I could. Something about the way she looked at me told me that she wondered the same – Mom, can you still hold me? Time … Read More Day 296/365 Can You Still Hold Me?
In my line of work as a childcare/preschool Administrator, I work with many parents of young children. As a parent of two myself, I can completely relate to their struggles. This was not always the case. Years ago, before I had my own children (which is of course when one possesses the most kick-ass parenting skills) I was a caregiver for a group of … Read More Day 115/365 Doing Our Best
There are magic moments. For me, one of those moments is watching my children fall asleep. I don’t mean that to be funny, but believe me, I completely understand why you’d think I do. There have been many nights, especially when they were very young, that the moment sleep overtook them felt more like a (very, very) hard won victory than any sort of … Read More Day 18/365 Night Magic
Today is Ruby’s birthday. Last night when I was snuggling her into bed, I said, “This is the last time I’ll see you as a seven year old. Do you think you will still want to snuggle me when you’re eight?” “Yes,” she said, thoughtfully. “I think I’ll snuggle you until I’m sixteen. After that I’ll be busy driving around with my friends.” Oh … Read More Day 14/365 – Ruby