Thursday, October 15, 2009

Song of a Six-Year-Old

Thanks for stopping by to share a moment with me. I'm glad you came. Lately I've been pondering Rachel's post on the legacies we build and how my daily choices really do matter.

A certain soon-to-be 6-year-old's upcoming birthday has been the focus of many discussions this week.

"How many days until my birthday?"

She now is able to count it down herself.

"What kind of pinata should we make?"

She made her own rainbow crayon-turned-rocket ship on Thursday.

Now I don't have to wonder where I will find the hours it took me to make the previous two pinatas. Birthday Girl whipped one up in about an hour. It was one of those "Oh, I guess you are not so dependent on me for everything anymore" moments.

I suppose that's one of the perks of laissez-faire (or as some might say, "free-range") parenting. Or if I look at it more positively, my past investments of time and energy in various creative projects are bearing fruit. I may just leave the decorating up to my kids as well, since they are so inclined. And I think I will set up a snack for them to assemble themselves. Though recent parties we've attended have included a craft, I have decided to buck the trend and skip that idea this time around. We could still call it a "DIY Party." How's that for a theme?

On the occasion of my daughter's first birthday in 2004, I composed a song. The last line predicted that "it won't be long 'til you sing your own song, as a child and beyond." My job is to teach her to discover her own "song" and sing it well. Whether it is a pinata, a painting, or learning to ride a bike, hearing her melody emerge is a bittersweet privilege of motherhood.


One More Equals Four said...

How precious to watch our children grow! And how proud you can be of the job you have done instilling independence in her!

Hope she has a great birthday!

mholgate said...

What a great post. They grow up fast, don't they? I love what you said about teaching her to sing her own "song". It made me think of a song on the radio I've heard lately. I think it's called "Life Song." "Let my life song sing to You..."

Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl!


carikaufm said...

What a wonderful post! They do grow up in an instant don't they? Some of my proudest moments are the one's when my kids show their independence...they are some of the saddest too!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it so interesting to watch them grow up and learn and do things on their own.