And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, March 01, 2009

My Observations of the Pre-Teens

Big Sprout wanted a sleepover for her birthday party. She was allowed to invite 2 friends for a night of junk food eating, movie watching, and Wii playing.

It was interesting, and exhausting.

Mostly exhausting.

I learned a lot about my Sprout during this time. I was able to see her interact with her peers in a totally un-selfconscious way. I found that she is older than I think of her, I found that 10 year olds are more mature than I have given them credit for. And I found that she is still kind to her friends who aren't quite as grown up as she is.

It went well, and the girls had a good time. I embarrassed them a bit, and they rolled their eyes at me. Mostly I spent my time keeping Little Sprout away from them.

It was good, and now I want to sleep. I need to recover....

1 comment:

The Rambling Taoist said...

I'm not a parent (by choice). Your post though reminds me a lot of observations made by friends who are parents. Children often seem older than their parents first realize. I think this is true because, whenever we are close to something or someone, the slowness of the changes make every stage seem fluid and right.

I think it would quite a different experience for a distant relative who last knew your eldest as Little Sprout and then one day returned to find very Big Sprout! My how you've grown!!!