My girl has been one life lesson after another for me. At this point in our lives I am grateful. For her first couple years I wasn't seeing the lessons as anything but negative. I tried to harness her, to make her fit into my ideals. I chose to engage in battles with her instead of stepping back to take that awesome breath in which things become clear. She put me through the ringer! But today she's almost 8 years old and I feel many more years wiser. Through her I have learned that I am ok. I am fallible. I am stubborn. She is this and so much more. But at her young age she is also aware. That is the key, in my mind, for her to be able to walk her own path. I am so proud of who she is, what she has accomplished, how hard she tries, the strength she shows, the love she spreads, the creativity she expresses, the energy she produces. She's my girl and I love her!!
Sniff sniff...in just 1 1/2 days she'll be out of third grade. It seems to all have happened so fast and yet draaaaaaaaged by. Time is strange like that. I accept it, don't wish to go back, and look forward to what the future holds. May she continue to drip with courage and enthusiasm, gorge on knowledge, and show off to the best of her abilities!
Mahalo for who I didn't know, have come to know, and look forward to knowing!