True story. K and I were in a public restroom. We were standing at the sink washing our hands. She was being meticulous (I was wondering if maybe this was an early sign of OCD) with the bubbles as I walked toward the paper towels. Without thinking, I pulled out one, waited for the automatic light to blink and grabbed a second paper towel. Then it happened, a small, very familiar voice said, “you’re killing trees.” I turned around. My expression – which I caught a glance of in the mirror – was somewhere between dumbfounded, irritated at being reprimanded by my daughter and proud.
Then I opened my mouth. I just opened it. No words came out. Not one. Then K said, “It’s okay Mommy, you have a habit, but you can change it. We just need to be carefully because trees take a long time to grow.” Then some small portion of my brain remembered that I was the parent and I said, “That’s right Kayla, we can change any habit – just like when you stopped sucking your thumb.” Then she laughed. And, I laughed too, but not for the same reason.
My little girl is growing up. The lessons I’ve been trying to instill in her are sinking in. (They may come out at inopportune times) But, none the less, I’m really proud of her. In her small voice, she stood up for what she believed (okay, what my husband and I had taught her) was correct and she spoke clearly and articulately.
Wow. It’s hard to believe that five years ago she couldn’t even sit up. Three years ago she learning to write her name. I am so proud of her.