Friday, August 13, 2010
Little Girls Being Little Girls
She spent the whole time telling me things that she's been thinking about, her words so excited and coming so quickly that sometimes I had a hard time understanding the whole story. But I didn't say "what?", because that frustrates her and sometimes she gives up telling the story.
Instead, I just listened very intently. I could gather the gist of the story and have the correct responses that way. Sometimes I'm not very good at that. Sometimes I only halfway listen and miss something that is very important to my girl at that moment.
I'm working very hard to not just be here, but to always be present.
I turned around from the sink to respond to something she said, and I couldn't help but enjoy the combination of roller skates and chopping cucumbers with a sharp knife. She's a big girl and a little girl. She's growing and learning important things, but she's doing it with her roller skates on.
(****For those of you who may be concerned: No little girls were harmed in the making of this blog post. I, being the smart Mommy that I am, would never let a little girl on roller skates carry around a sharp knife. ****)