I was walking my 10 year-old daughter to school. We get almost to the school and I say, “Let me know when you are ready and you can walk the rest of the way by yourself.”
“Mom, I’ve been ready since we left our house.”
Seeing the twinge of hurt, she comforted me saying, “I only meant that I am old enough to walk by myself. I don’t mind walking with you.” Taking my hand she walks with me to the corner where I wave her off to school.
I still remember the day we moved into this house when she was in kindergarten. I was crossing the street after parking the car over there out of the way. She saw me and got so excited she starts running right for me – into traffic. I lunge and grab her as a pick up truck screeches to a stop before us.
She hasn’t run into traffic for a few years now. Only about a week left of walking kids to school. Next year her and her brother will be in the same school and they can walk together. And I will wave from the doorway instead.