So, today I’m quoted on Babble responding to the question, “Why are you lucky to be your kid’s parent?” My answer:” because, truly, my child teaches me things every day, mainly how to be your own person & not care what others think."
When I saw the tweet go out from a Babble editor asking for submissions from bloggers, I had just had a conversation with my 7 year old daughter about some not-so-nice things some girls in her class said to her last week. The more we talked about it, the more my Mama-Bear shackles began to pop out.
As I took deep breaths and forced myself to remain calm, she seemed unfazed and not at all bothered by the insults. I mean, these are not Mean Girls, per se, but what they were saying to my Pooky-Girl and her friend that day definitely falls into the Mean category. And unsolicited, too. Grrr.
[I will not repeat the comments here, as that would be giving them a life they don’t deserve. And girls will be girls. I will just say that it was your typical, “we’re better than you are” crap that kids tend to spout.]
I calmly asked if maybe it would have been a good idea to involve the teacher, to which my Non-Tattletaling Girl replied, “I really wasn’t that upset, Mommy. I just ignored them. I’m just going to be my own person.”
What?!?! Are you my daughter??? I am so IN AWE of you right now. It took me 40 years to learn this, and you are 7. I’ve always known you’re an old soul, preferring Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis” to Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel. But really, you are wise beyond your years. And I could not be more proud of you than I am at this moment.
And as I watch you go through life, wearing your own brand of personal style and walking the line just a tad left of center, I love you more each day. You are quirky, beautiful, inquisitive, sensitive and hilarious. You told me the other day that you are lucky that I’m your Mom. But, baby, I am the lucky one.
And I can’t wait to see how you light the world on fire.