Today at Shoprite my cell phone rings.....I look to see a call coming from Katrina.
I answer....."Hello Nini" and I hear her laughing and she says to me...
"Mom, your never going to believe what just happened"
Of coarse, the first thing as a Mother when you hear 'just happened' you think something is wrong....but she was laughing, so my heart unknoted. She continues......."I was upstairs in my room and my cell phone rings.....I answer it and it is Emma Sage, who says 'Nini, I want to call Mommy, can you help me?'"
So Katrina says that she goes down stairs and finds Emma Sage sitting on the living room floor, phone in hand and the phone book open on her lap. She has turned to the letter 'M' and says to Katrina....."I can't find Mommy's phone number!"
Emma Sage has five phone numbers memorized.....Our house number, Katrina 'Nini's' cell number, Greta's cell number, Grammy & PopPop's house number and PopPop Swanson's house number. I have not taught her my cell number as of yet.....but will have to now.
How clever of my little girl to know a tool to use to find an answer to her question.......to get the phone book and look under 'M' for Mommy!!!!!
For me, as a parent, my one concern for all of my children is that they grow up to be able to figure things out for themselves.....they don't need to 'know' all the answers, but my wish for them is that they can use the tools around them to figure out the answer. To be able to assess every situation and be able to respond in the most appropriate manner.
So to see Emma Sage with the phone book, and then calling her sister for help, just makes my heart soar.....as I know, that as she goes through life, she will try on her own to come up with an answer or seek out someone that can assist her.