Thursday, August 9, 2007

all growed up

she is two years old. it's not like she doesn't have any sort of life outside me... but the other day I was struck by something she said. we were on the rodgers houseboat just hanging out. b's mom, shelley, started to get some snacks out... hummus, carrots, crackers, pretzels etc... I asked lily if she wanted some carrots or crackers (two staples in her diet) and she said, ' no, I want those'- pointing to the pretzels. i thought, that's funny, since she is not the most daring eater, why would she want those skinny looking pretzel sticks- they don't even look interesting. so i pointed to the bag and said, 'these, are you sure?' she quickly said, 'yes- i want those ones.' so i hand her the bag and she pulls one out. just before she takes a bite, she pauses and looks up at me and in a real matter of fact way she says , 'i have these at preschool.'
It was a simple as that, and i was just struck. to think she experienced something outside of our little world was so baffling to me. not only did she experience it, she liked it- and i wasn't even there to share it. i know it seems silly, and really pretty inconsequential. but for the first time in my life with lily, i kind of felt like an outsider. somehow i know it won't be the last time. just a reminder, i suppose, to cherish the mundane- even if it means a new type of cracker- it's still just ours.

4 comments:

Jennifer Schlenker said...

That Lily! She is something else... it is fun watching her grow up- even though she may love no panties and cow-boy boots, gotta love that girl!

The Avila's said...

So it starts, huh? It is almost like you grieve a little piece of that time when you were the only one influencing her. Weird. But that just means there are more fun times ahead....new friends, funny sayings....all the things that come with growing up. I love learning from you Holls....thanks for sharing

The Harper Family said...

Holls...It is true the more you encourage Lily's independence the more you'll be left out of things but she will always come back and share the new things she's learned with you! And yes I gotta a blog! Love you -Emilyann

Christine Zurbach said...

hey holls - just letting you know i fired off an email to you so check it out