A few days ago my oldest daughter graduated from high school. I know it sounds like a cliche, but it truly was a bitter sweet moment.
I am proud of the woman that she has become. She is articulate, beautiful, kind, happy, considerate, intelligent and thoughtful. She has always been a great kid, but somewhere along the way she turned into a wonderful woman.
Lately, without my even really noticing that it was happening, our relationship has changed. Instead of telling her what to do, I now make suggestions. And the amazing thing is that she has started to take my advice to heart. Of course, she isn’t perfect – sometimes she doesn’t make the choices that I would like her to make. But all in all, she has a good head on her shoulders and when it matters, she makes the right decisions.
As mothers, we often dream of the day when our children will no longer need us. We anxiously await the day when they can walk, read a book, make their own bed, fix a snack for themselves, and drive. But when the day comes that our children don’t need us anymore, we are sad. On Brenna’s graduation day, I felt sad. I realized that my job as her mother was quickly coming to an end. Sure, she will still come to me in need from time to time. But she will do so as an adult, not as a child.
So it was with great joy and sadness that I watched my oldest daughter receive her high school diploma. She has so much to look forward to in her life. While I have taken care of her for eighteen years, it is now time for me to step back and let her take control of the rest of her life’s journey.
My toddler’s favorite iPad app is the Kandoobi app. At 21 months he can play all of the games and loves all of the animals there are to choose from. The hardest game on the app for him is the letters game – it requires a little more fine motor skills than he has right now but he is able to match-up the letters often enough that he doesn’t get too frustrated. I have downloaded tons of toddler apps and am usually disappointed. But this one will not disappoint.
Another great toddler app for the iPad is the PBS Kids app. My toddler loves to watch Curious George. He will watch the same episode over and over again. We have a little trouble with the app skipping to another episode mid-stream but fortunately at his age, he doesn’t seem to mind. I think it bothers his father (who also likes to watch Curious George) more than him.
Speaking of Curious George, if you are going to be in Jackson, Mississippi anytime from March 1 through the end of the Summer, I suggest that you visit the “Curious George Saves the Day” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This exhibit features original drawings of Curious George and tells the story of how his creators (H. A. and Margret Rey) fled Paris hours before the Nazis marched into the city in June 1940. The Reys fled on bicycles carrying drawings for their children’s stories including one about a mischievous monkey. The Grand Opening Family Day is March 3.
Sixteen years passed between the births of my first and last children. Over those years baby trends really changed. In fact, in 1994 when my eldest daughter was born I don’t think there was such a thing as a baby trend. Back then I remember being thrilled about a recent invention called the Diaper Genie Finally there was an alternative to the traditional, stinky diaper pail.
Now there are almost limitless alternatives for every baby item you can think of – the choices are mind-boggling. Thank goodness for the internet! What a time saver for working mothers.