By: Shannon Ralph
My daughter is eight years old. Eight is a tough age. Our days consist of equal parts unabashed adoration and seething contempt. Sometimes I know everything. Some days I am supermom. Those are the good days. Those are the days when my Sophie feels like the baby girl I fell in love with so many years ago. We shop. We cuddle. We giggle. We read stories. We whisper secrets under the covers. I am mommy.
Other days, I am the biggest idiot ever to grace this Earth with my presence. Any clothes I pick out for her are lame. Any suggestion I make about her hair is ludicrous. Any opinion I voice is immediately disregarded. On those days, I am not mommy. I am mo-om (two syllables, accompanied by a hand on the hip and a snotty snarl).
Some days it takes nothing more than the mere sound of my voice to activate knee-jerk eye rolling of the snottiest degree.
I know this is all normal. Really, I do. At some point, every girl must distance herself from her mother to figure out who she is. Who she wants to be. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon, but I know it is a necessary transition.
And I see the transition happening every day. Every minute. Before my very eyes, she is morphing from a precocious little girl to a headstrong tween. I am not ready. There is no way she is ready. There are so many things I want to tell her. Teach her. Guide her through. If she would only listen, I would tell her:
One day my Sophie may listen to me. Or, if she is the mini-me I suspect she is, she will likely learn life’s lessons the hard way. Either way, I will always be here to pick up the pieces and cheer her on. She is my baby girl—the love of my life—and no amount of snippy eye rolling will ever change that.
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