Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Early 'Aha-Moment'

Just the other day I was telling Melissa this story about herself. It's one I thought I had told her a million times ~ but to my surprise, she had never heard it!

When she was in elementary school, we lived in Paris, in an apartment on a big boulevard. We walked and from school, to the parks, to our local markets...and back and forth from all the kid's lessons and activities. I loved all this walking, because with so much walking came lots of talking! One afternoon we were 'speed walking' from Melissa's swim class, up the boulevard, to her dance class. When we were about half way there, my third grade daughter stopped me in my tracks. She looked  up at me and said, "Just so you know, I am not that kid. I am not the kid who can run from one activity to another and fill up a schedule and have no down time. I need down time. I don't like having activities back to back."

I remember exactly where we were standing. And that it was a cool, clear, sunny day. And I remember my surprise at her declaration. Surprise because she knew herself so well....and joy that she was able to express herself so well. Such a grown up realization from such a little girl!

We did make it to dance class that day.
Bon bon rehearsal was important, after all!


  1. Very mature observation from a 3rd grader! That would have stopped me in my tracks too!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

  2. what a bright your pages!!!

  3. What an adorable story! Reminds me of the saying: "From the mouths of babes...."

    And the fact that you can remember exactly where you were and what the day was like just emphasizes how important that statement was to you!

  4. What a smart girl! I love our walks home from school. I learn more about my kids in those 10 minutes than any "How was school?" visits at the kitchen table!

    Visiting from Mama Kat's :)

  5. Oh wow, what a great story! She sounds like she was (and I'm sure still is) a smart, independent girl.

    Found you on Mama Kat's!

  6. Great story and what a smart girl :)

  7. What a smart girl.....I love it when kids surprise us with things like this.