Turning double digits is a big deal.
For the child it means, "I am so much closer to being an adult...which equates to; eating what I want, staying up for how long I want and ultimately doing what I want..." As the saying goes, "ignorance is bliss", I guess.
However, for us adults it means a little something different and it is usually not filled with the same feeling of sugar plums dancing in our heads... It represents time. Where did it go? How did 10 years go by in a blink of an eye? Yes, it's a cliche, but it's the ultimate truth.
It signifies change. How can this amazing little human being I gave birth to (which feels like yesterday in so many ways) would prefer a friend's sleepover instead of snuggling on the couch with me? Those were the days, weren't they... Yes, they still do occasionally happen, but they are becoming few and further in between.
Most importantly, it makes us think about the future. We have the private conversation within ourselves, "The scale has tilted...adulthood looms closer than the day they took in their first gasping breath." At that realization, we too take in a deep gasping breath. But, it's ok. All is ok. This is the path of life. If we are lucky enough, we get to witness the change and be part of it.
So this afternoon when my double-digiter runs off the bus (and right past me with no hug), I'll just take it all in...
And maybe if I'm lucky enough, I'll get that snuggle on the couch later this evening...even if it's bribed by vanilla bean birthday cake.
Happy 10th Birthday Zaynah!
Keep on amazing us!