This morning, my daughter was getting ready for the day. She selected her clothes and put a cute headband on. After taking an unusually long time analyzing herself in the mirror, she asks, "Do you think I look more adult without the headband?"
My internal dialogue was like, "Wait...what? Is this the same child that can barely be alone without being scared, yet just asked me if she looks 'adult?'"
This moment with my daughter made me feel a twinge of sadness, and simultaneous joy. My heart ached for a second because my baby is growing up before my eyes and I can't stop it. Yet I delighted in her innocent question, in her self-analysis, and in the half-toothless smile that shown on her face. My little girl wants so desperately to grow up. I love seeing her grow up, but I also miss my baby.
This reminded me of a beautiful song about a child's efforts to grow up so quickly, and our interests to have them take their foot off the accelerator.
Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman
Take time today to delight in your child at the stage they're in right now. For soon, it'll be gone.
Be open to what comes.