7 October 2010
When you are six, you might even begin to be allowed to use the kettle. Making a cup of tea all on your own is a grown up thing to do. And taking your first solitary walks to the corner shop? This is a sign nobody can deny, you are trusted and able to take care of yourself in so many ways. The corner shop seems suddenly further than just around the end of the street, and even without any roads to cross it feels like a huge milestone for her and for me.
Mama panics slightly at the idea of every one of these things. But bit by bit, they come. Times for letting go and taking stock. Times for evaluating how far their independance may safely take them, before the time comes that they begin to feel caged. And as they show me that they CAN, that they ARE, mama starts to look for other ways in which she can gift her children with trusts both large and small. We are growing, not apart, but up.