I always get compliments from teachers that my daughter acts her age- that she's enjoyed her childhood and doesn't seem to try to act as if she's older, which apparently a lot of youth do.
I worry about her, though, because I'm afraid she won't fit in very well being that way. Honestly, a lot of times she doesn't.
She has a natural enthusiasm for things, gets a little too excited (but then again, I get excited over rocks, sticks or feathers on my hiking excursions).
She's going to middle school this year, and my heart aches for her. Middle school was fun for me- I was actually very quiet before that. I met a diverse population of people, and found boys. I bloomed, sang, rode bikes and loved it. I hope she does too.
Anyway, I've been stressing all summer about this. Back-stabbing girlfriends, periods, boyfriends, heartbreak , dances...all things she's never experienced.
The other day she was making ramen, and she told me, in a voice beyond her years " I guess it's true what they say- a watched pot never boils".
and a part of my soul cracked.
And then a second later she glee-fully said "Oh wait, it does!"
I will watch you, pot. And I will smile and exclaim when you boil, and I will be patient when you simmer, and I will pay attention to you when you do. nothing. at. all. I will be thankful I have a pot at all.
And I will know there's a possibility of good stuff cooking in there, always. When you boil over, or when you burn. Even when you tell me you're cold, or empty, or just tired of me watching you.
I will be thankful I have a pot at all.