As Our Kids Grow Older: Appreciating Every Smile, Every Moment by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
My son just turned 11. Last night I left a gift in his room. This morning he woke me with, “Thanks, Mom. I love the Dead Pool shirt.” I’m not a morning person but today I woke with a smile. You see, my son isn’t as free with his “thank yous” and smiles these days. He’s stingy with his hugs and “I love yous,” too. He’s asserting his independence. He’s trying to figure out who he is. He’s trying to find his place among his peers. Life can be tough when you’re a 5th grader. (Life can be tough when you’re the MOM of a 5th grader.)
He devoured two (requested) cannolis for breakfast and I saw that beautiful smile again. I treasure the smiles that I do get. I treasure every hug, every “thanks,” every “I love you.” If these past 11 years are any indication, I know time is going to continue to fly by. I will do my best to appreciate every smile, every moment. In his own way, I know my son appreciates it all, too.