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Sunday, May 15, 2011

so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

If my tweenager goes through any more milestones on the road to becoming a woman in the next few months, I'm going to keel over. I swear it didn't all happen at once like this with Darling Daughter. But as soon as I let Tweeny (I can't call her Wee One anymore, for sure!) sit in the front seat, it went bam bam bam bam! A whiplash launch into womanhood.

There have been so many changes since she started seventh grade. I have to say, she's been handling the welcome-to-a-woman's-world thing pretty well; taking the bewildering, awkward rites of passage in stride. Having a sister who's seven years older to emulate certainly hasn't hurt. And thank heavens DD is there to fill in the gaps Mom misses.

And while she's left it behind with hardly a second thought, it's hard for me to say goodbye to her childhood. All moms feel this, I know, dreading the day when the baby dolls are moved out to make room for the trappings of a teenager. I didn't notice it so much last time because the picture books and Easy-Bake Oven were just transferred from Darling Daughter to her little sister, but now the next stop for the toys will be Goodwill. No more Polly Pockets. No more dress up (at least not the kind that involves fairy wings and tutus), no more tea parties, and no more Happy Meal trinkets . . . on second thought, I won't miss those so much.

I guess it's best to look forward to the experiences ahead rather than mourn the ones gone by. But don't blame me if I keep a Barbie or two.


Sidney Boman said...

hey! save the good stuff! i do plan on having some girls of my own some day :)

Cheryl said...

How wonderful for you and Tweenie to share this sacred moment. I have a niece so I get to enjoy this, too. Well, sort of.

Lydia K said...

Oh, this reminds me of how sad I get watching my kids grow up so fast. Too fast!

Matthew MacNish said...

My oldest is 15 going on 25, and it's hard, especially since I'm not a woman.

Kim said...

I remember the first time I met her she was playing with one of those See N' Say toys and I was so impressed that she knew every animal on there and the sound they made. I can't believe how much she's grown! :o)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Time goes way too fast! My little monkey is only four, but I know it won't be long before she's trading dolls for make-up. And phone calls with boys.


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