(Found this in my DRAFTS folder from well over a year ago….YIKES….but I liked the memory and am publishing it now)
WRITTEN: August 2012
My girls finished the Harry Pottery book series this summer. During that time, we were often watching interviews with characters on TV from their time making the talk show circuit rounds.
Cause this (on the left) was the Tom Felton we were looking at, not the Draco Malfoy slicked back hair look.
Of course, I agreed with her but I had to pause and wonder when on earth she began to notice stuff like that. Cause it wasn’t just what she said, but how she said it.
And this was my FIRST sign on her growing up and entering the tween years.
Of course, the “signs” keep on rolling in.
I found K and her friend sitting in the garage one afternoon while the rest of the kids were running around playing. They had Taylor Swift’s latest CD playing on the CD player. I asked them, “What are you guys doing?”
“We are listening to music,” they informed me with a bit of an “isn’t that obvious, mom” look.
Uh…really? I remember sitting and listening to music with friends. Are you really old enough to enjoy that now?
And then, the big kickers came at her 10th birthday party last month. She had a lovely tea party and we had questions for the girls to answer around the table. It was the first time that PG-13 movies were listed as the favorites for almost half of the group.
(Yes, my child is included in those who have seen PG-13…it was just another sign of this new phase)
While opening one of her cards, the girls who wrote it very quickly said, “Don’t read that out loud!”
Wow. They are writing “friend notes” in the cards now. Personal ones.
THAT is definitely a sign of a girl entering the next phase!
And none of this is bad. In fact, I am REALLY looking forward to this next decade! I LOVE teenagers.
I taught middle school by choice, so it will be fun to enter this next phase of parenting, with its challenges and joys!