What I am thinking about and why that line seems so apt are those "little things", those everyday things we all do and take for granted but when your child does them for the first time it is truly magical and makes you want to shout from the rooftops "LOOK AT MY CHILD! ISN'T SHE AMAZING?!?!?!" Only you don't for fear of being considered insane or suffering from more than a mild case of Tourette's syndrome.
Yesterday Mirabelle and I were playing Uno Moo. I was momentarily distracted by some random thought and did not notice that Mirabelle was down to her last animal. Suddenly I heard her shout "Uno Moo!". I was ecstatic - MY child shouted Uno Moo - she gets it, that she has one last animal and has to shout that as otherwise she can't win the game! I could not have been more proud of her if she had flown to the moon, discovered gravity or any other equally amazing thing.
It's important I know to try and curb my enthusiasms somewhat, as I am sure Mirabelle does not want to be the one explaining in later life to her friends that yes, that is HER Mommy in the crowd at softball or soccer with the pompoms, cheerleader outfit and banner saying "GO MIRABELLE GO" when all she is doing is trying out for the school team......
But there is no curbing that excitement and amazement when your child does something new. These "little things" that happen are defining moments. Those moments when you are filled with pride yet also find a tear escaping from your eye because it's one more step on the road to adulthood and one more step away from childhood. And it all seems to happen so fast.
One minute it seems I was watching Mirabelle point out the window and hearing her say "bird" for the first time. (How exciting that was!) Then in no time at all she was saying "bird gone" as she watched a bird fly away. (Two words spoken together, that was really exciting!) Now all of a sudden here she is, 3 years old and saying to me the other day "You hear the bird Mommy? Isn't it a beautiful song."
Yes, those every day little things that are truly magical.