photo credit: marica thompson
here’s my 7 year-old daughter (on the left) laughing with friends at her homeschool program, captured in a moment of pure bliss. the image overwhelms me with emotion.
all at once I’m inhabited by her joy! uplifted by her innocence! steeped in gratitude for her school environment and her teachers and fellow homeschoolers.
all this, and yet it’s tinged with envy.
this, I know, is a mama’s rite of passage. to see our beloved children grow up and away from us and experience the world as independent, confident, joy-filled creatures. to let go.
a tinge of envy that I wasn’t privy to this moment, this laughter, this joy…wasn’t there to eavesdrop on their giggles and plans.
then more gratitude cycled right back in for the respect of our separateness. the acknowledgement of our inter-being. the gift of her experiences in the world.
so blessed by her sweet sweet soul, and the preciousness of this image. ♥
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