Monday, February 09, 2009

Be my V*A*L*E*N*T*I*N*E

It was a bittersweet moment last evening, as my little girl informed me that she did not 'need my help and I can do it by myself' as she gathered up her Valentine Cards, her class list, a tray to write on and a pencil and set-off to address her Valentine Day cards for her class.

She didn't need me.

That is why it is so bittersweet.....it is so wonderful she is so independent and capable,,,,,but so sad that Momma had to sit off on the sidelines and just watch.

She signed her name on each card first.....then she took the list and envelopes and addressed them.....making a little check mark after each name [on her own, I didn't even have to suggest it....and yes, I teared up a bit to see her tackle this project on her own]

Then she picked the right design for each child [she had three to choose from] and now she did not pick Hannah Montana, she picked a very sweet card that were very Mary Engelbreit like/

Then she licked each one [I was sure she was going to get a paper-cut, but alas she did not] and then placed a sticker on the front of each one [they were cute bubble stickers that looked like the candy heart confections that say things like 'Be Mine' 'Your Cute'

She then went downstairs, got a large zip-lock bag, placed them inside, went to her backpack and put them inside and was done.

Momma sat back and smiled [and teared up a bit too]

Doing her Valentines 009

Doing her Valentines 003

16 comments:

datri said...

Wow, how wonderful. Such independence!

heather said...

I read each of your posts and am always left in awe at the amazing accomplishments of Emma. She is just one year older than Morgan but already doing so much! I loved the conversation about there not being any children with special needs in her class. I think she may be right! :) I wish we lived closer so Morgan and Emma could play one day.

Ssejors said...

Wow! That is the purest definition of bittersweet for sure. So proud yet momma is not as needed! You want to help but she doesn't need you!

oh!! what a beautiful girl!

Hope all goes well with her Valentines day and school. <3

amy flege said...

she is such an inspriation for me!! I would have cried too! hugs!

Kleidy said...

It's such a blessing to be able to see Emma Sage grow and become her own person. :)

Lovin Mama said...

This story has to be the best valentine of all! I love her independence.

All 4 My Gals said...

I'm tearing up too. When did they grow up? Give her a valentine hug from KY.

JennyH said...

What a big girl!

Little Miss E said...

You have been awarded an award! Go to my blog to see what I'm talkin' about!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Tara,
You are to be commended for her individuality and her independence!
She definitely has made her beautiful mark in our family :)
love, Linda

jess @ raising joey said...

What a big girl! And CJ and I are on the same page because I also awarded you with an award!

tara @ kidz said...

Oh, I can understand your bittersweet feelings for sure. What a beauty she is! She never ceases to amaze me!

Little Miss E said...

Hey!! I wanted to let you know about the T21 Travelling Afghan Project! I hope you will consider participating and I would appreciate it if you could help spread the word! Thanks!

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Becca said...

Fantastic, Emma Sage! She's such a big girl. Samantha's only 2, but I already wonder where the time has gone and where my little baby went! Definitely a bittersweet moment, but one you won't forget.

Melissa said...

What independence even though it was so bittersweet for you;) Happy Belated Valentines Day!

Signe said...

It's really helpful to read posts written by parents raising kids of kids with Ds who are older than my daughter. It helps me to pack away a memory, something that she can possibly do when my daughter is older. So, thankyou for that!