Document. She’s Turning 10.

Happy Calendar Day!

It is hard to believe that 2015 is at the halfway point. Seriously, Ferris Bueller nailed it when he said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while. You could miss it.” Oh John Hughes. You always knew how to use your words to make us stop and pay attention.

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So, middle of 2015 and we are in the middle of softball, summer and general busy-ness. We are staying up too late, sleeping in too late, stepping over piles of laundry and leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Yep, it is summertime and we are doing it right.

10But I am currently very aware of the fact that my girl is turning 10 in just 3 days. 10. Ten. Double Digits, 10. I’m so very excited for her, but can barely believe how quickly time is passing by. The memories of her being little seem so close and real and then this kinda tall girl walks up to me and gives me a hug and sometimes, honestly, I’m surprised. Not by the hug, because she still thinks I’m just a tiny bit cool sometimes and still wants to love on me. But I’m surprised by this medium-sized human that has taken the place of my daughter who lives in my house. I still think of her as little. And she’s just not that anymore.

The past few months, I have seen such a change in her. She is growing up … in height for sure and will be taller than me in just a couple of years. But she is growing up emotionally, too. She is maturing, handling things in mature ways. She is helping more. She is challenging the world in different ways. She is interpreting life in grown up-ish ways. She wants to learn. She wants to get better. She wants to be successful. She is setting goals and working toward these every now and then.

She is growing up.

And turning 10.

10!

inside outToday, we took a little break and stepped out to see the new movie, “Inside Out”. To say that I loved this movie is probably a bit of an understatement. I. LOVED. THIS. MOVIE. Seriously, there was so much to love, starting with the fact that I do LOVE some Amy Poehler and she was the voice of “Joy”. But then, everything else about it was just perfect, too. Perfect and clever. What a wonderful way to make our emotions and our emotional responses make sense. I can see me getting a LOT of mileage out of this film.

I think this movie might have been just a little bit of a gift. Something to help us both through the years ahead. I know there are major changes ahead for her and for me. For us. And having some common language that might help us name our feelings and emotions a little as we get on this next rollercoaster, may prove useful for us both.

Time will tell.

Until then, my plan is to document these memories; document this journey with her. Document the lessons we both learn as we navigate this mother/daughter relationship int he pre-teen/tween years.

As she gets ready to take her 11th trip around the Sun, I’m going with her. Every day, every step of the way. We will learn and live and love and engage in those action words … together.

So, get ready…it is almost time to take an 11the trip around the Sun!

joyAnd as we go, let’s let Joy take the control panel, shall we?

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

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