We were leaving Target for what felt like the tenth time this week…getting a last minute birthday present for a classmate. And that’s when I noticed it.
I reached down to hold T’s hand across the street like I have hundreds of times before…offering my index finger so I could get a firm grasp on her wrist. Instead, she grabs my whole hand, and my heart jumps for just a second. Her hand fit.
After so many years of only fitting around one finger, her small hand now fit comfortably in my own. Even more shocking is that I actually trusted her to not run away. I smiled down and tried to memorize everything about that moment; determined not to forget it.
It was the moment I realized that T really isn’t a baby any more.
This shouldn’t surprise me at all. I’ve been watching her grow for five years now. But sometimes the light is just right and I see just how much she’s grown. Then again there’s still so much more growing to do.
The next few weeks are going to be a shock to all of us as she leaves preschool behind and moves on up to Kindergarten…just one year away from numbered grades! Next thing you know, she’ll be showering on her own and asking me to walk 10 steps behind her at the mall.
Maybe I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself. For now, I’ll just enjoy holding her hand and share this year’s responses to the Birthday Interview:
The Birthday Interview (Age 5)
What’s your favorite color? Pink, purple, fuschia
What’s your favorite food? Pizza & pasta
What’s your least favorite food? Spicy things
What’s your favorite book? Peter Rabbit
What’s your favorite toy? Barbies & Barbie house
What’s your favorite thing to do? Arts & crafts
What’s your favorite song? Let it go
What’s your favorite show? Octonauts
What’s your favorite movie? Frozen
Who’s your best friend? Quin, Isabelle & Brooklyn
Are you afraid of anything? No!
Do you want to get married when you grow up? Yes
Who do you want to marry? Grant, Grason & Dylan
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Dentist
What’s the best thing about turning 5? That I get to do what I want to do.
I think she’s going to have a bit of a shock when it comes to that last statement. (see last year’s responses)