Saturday, January 11, 2014

Baby Bird

Over the break, Sojo wanted to have a few sleepovers. Her best friend lives diagonal of us, and one night they spontaneously decided to have a sleepover. Now, I don't know if it's because she is an only child or because we just spend so much darn time together, but having her leave for even one night is slightly traumatic for me and Dale. Of course, we love that she is becoming more independent, but we simply miss her when she is not here. There is nothing I love more than sitting and reading a book or hanging out with Dale and hearing her voice upstairs with a friend. Just knowing she is here brings us both comfort.

Dale's very tight grip on Sojo

Alas, that's not how it works in life. So, as she quickly packed her bag with stuffed animals, we were joking with her that she couldn't leave. Dale hammed it up and did this bit about her being a baby bird that couldn't leave the nest yet. Sojo was cracking up as she was walking away, saying, "I'm big now. I'm not a baby bird!" while Dale was at the window pleading with her not to go. It was exactly what I feel our family is--funny and with so much love.

Letting go at any level is always a challenge, though. I can only imagine what her going off to college will be. Good thing she tells us she wants to live next door to us when she is older--so she can still see us but have some privacy. I'll take even the dream of that for now...

1 comment:

Popo and Nana and Gong Gong and Granda said...

WOW! I have am behind in reading your blogs. It was fun cruising through your Christmas vacation from around camp, sleep overs, Santa and Bahrain. Looks like it was a wonderful family Christmas for the E Family. You were missed, but it felt good to hear about and read about the joy you created in your home. Love you all to the moon and back...and across the sands and back.