Once upon a time.. About 13 1/2 years ago.. a little girl (with lots of curls) headed off to her first day of kindergarten.
And like EVERYthing in her life? Yup! She wanted to do it on her own.
She did NOT want me to drive her to school that first day.
She did NOT want me to walk her into her class and help her get settled.
She wanted to ride the bus like EVERYone did..
She wouldn’t even let me hold her hand..
I was a little hurt I guess.. I do make plans in my head.. You know those plans, right? Plans on how to be the best mom..
But neither me nor my husband were suprised that she simply announced she would have none of my plans..
Why? Well you see.. Everything in her life until that point had been the same..
When she was 3 weeks old? She simply refused to let me rock her to sleep anymore. She wanted to be put in her crib so she could go to sleep ON HER OWN..
At 6 months? She clamped her mouth shut.. Refusing to be fed anymore. She wanted to do it ON HER OWN.
Doing puzzles? She would gently move my hand away.. She didn’t want any help.
Now this “on her own” attitude did get her in trouble.. Because it often slipped into.. “Let me do it my way”…
Lol.. Once that attitude had her preschool teacher telling me she’s be better off with younger kids.. My beautiful, smart, strong willed girl…. was demoted to a younger class..
.. and well? Let’s just say her ballet teacher was so relieved when we moved to Missouri before recital.. I guess having my girl “co-teach” the class (only when she felt the teacher was being boring) wasn’t as fun as it sounded..
Sigh.. Honestly I knew how the dance teacher felt.. I wondered often why my daughter couldn’t just do it my way FOR ONCE..
Last night my daughter gave a speech at graduation.. as Valedictorian. That same stubborn pride.. The same frustrating determination to do things her own way.. ??
It would keep my daughter up until the WEE hours of the morning doing homework after a long night of Musical practice.
It would have my daughter going the extra distance to do a project the way she wanted.. Which was often more than her teacher had asked for.
Yes .. My daughter’s determination to do things ON HER OWN and in her OWN WAY.. is the very reason she made it to the top of her class ..
So even when I retell stories of her childhood around the fire.. Tales of her stubbornness and the frustration I had endured… And laughing until I have tears in my eyes..
.. Even when I act like it was awful.. I am actually so veryproud of the young lady she has become…
.. and I don’t really worry about her future.. I know she will get there ON HER OWN timing and in her own way..
Luckily I have God in our corner.. Watching out for her along the way.. because it’s going to be great.