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Monday, April 9, 2007
My 16 year old 5 year old...
My Jianna is such a funny little girl. I guess being the fourth child in a family with quite a spread out age span is part of it. She wants to be so much more grown up than any of the others did at her age. She had just turned 5 in Feb. and by March was wishing away her whole year of being 5.
JK is "boring"...she actually wants to be in grade 1 right now, so she can stay all day.
Her Sunday school class is for "babies" ...no offence to you teachers reading...that's just my Jianna. It doesn't help that her siblings get breakfast...Jianna LOVES food...she gets "baby cookies".
She couldn't wait to tie her shoes...and get "flat laces"....
On her birthday, she got a skipping rope, and practiced constantly...in the house.
(She wants to join the skipping club at school...starts in grade 1)
Now it is her 2 wheeler...Jianna is not only determined but very capable, so she masters these skills, and somehow that (in her mind) should translate to being older.
I am constantly reminding her to not wish away her childhood. I am not ready for her to grow up as fast as she thinks she is.
The other day she asked me, "mommy, what is a phase?"
I gave her an explanation I thought she could understand.
"Mommy, I just went through a phase"
"really what phase?"
"I used to have a 'crush' on Jon"
"Your brother Jon?"
"Yeah, I used to have a crush on him, but I am done that phase now."
It's so hard not to burst out laughing at these very grown up...yet very sincere statements.
So my baby has completed another phase...and I am asking God to either slow down her need to grow up so fast, or catch me up to her.
I wonder if God is having to hold us back some times when we think we are further along in our development than we really are. I bet we make Him chuckle at some of our running ahead of ourselves. I am thankful that He is a gracious parent who encourages our growth, but sets up parameters that keep us from moving into things we are really not ready for.
As I encourage my 16 year old 5 year old to enjoy her childhood, I am learning not to be so concerned about my own destinations....but to enjoy the path that will take me there.
I really don't want to miss the fun and lessons along the way.