The other day as I prepared to take the girls with me to Home Depot, Hazel said, "Someday I go to Home Depot BY MYSELF."
Surprised, I replied, "No honey, mommy or daddy take you to Home Depot."
"But someday I GROW UP!"
My jaw dropped and my heart stopped as I slowly turned toward her, the truth cutting through me like an ice pick.
"What did you say?" I asked in astonishment.
"Someday, I grow up, Mama." (the "duh" was implied in her tone)
Now, I don't know who told her about this concept, but I was certainly unprepared for this little girl to be so wise... and right :)
Since she LOVES to get a reaction out of me, this is now her favorite thing to tell me: "Someday, I cross the street BY MYSELF. Someday, I cook hot dogs BY MYSELF. and so on and so forth...covering all important aspects of life."
Fortunately, I thought of the perfect antidote to the sadness I feel.
Today, I told Hazel, "You will grow up, but you will ALWAYS BE MY BABY!"
"NO I WON'T!", was her reply.
"And I will always be your mama!", was my reply.
This concept has her a little confused, but I've got the upper hand....whether or not I ever let her cross the street by herself or not (leaning towards the latter).
|Mama + Baby = TLA|