On Turning Eleven

Often when I look at my child, I wonder who she will be (not to be confused with what she’ll be which is a completely different topic. This week, she plans to be a Neogentologist. And, yes, we know she made up the word, but the thought behind it’s amazing).

I am still in awe that my husband and I made the magic behind this beautiful, graceful and creative child. Especially since I was not Mommy material. I never played with dolls or imagined having a child of my own. I wanted a career. And, somewhere in the middle of my plans, I decided I had a higher calling in life as a mother. What a blessing its been.

So, I often gaze at my child lovingly. And sometimes I squint. And, I can’t help but wonder who she’ll wind up to be as I didn’t seem to turn out quite like I planned.

And, if I squinch my eyes together real tight, and use my imagination, I get a tiny glimpse.

My Rosie is sweet, sometimes fearless and on a good day is bossy in a way that gets things done. She’s creative, sometimes scatterbrained and has a wicked sense of humor. She’s smart but doesn’t find that to be the most important thing in her life. And, did I forget to mention, she loves to dance?

She is perfectly imperfect and makes me laugh (and all the parts that are like me frustrate me, but I think that’s part of motherhood). I think she’s amazing.

She celebrated her 11th birthday last night (prematurely, I might add as we don’t actually age until September but who can resist a Summer party). Eight very different friends came together to celebrate in a luau-themed sleepover. We had an amazing time. But, this party was different from all the others.

This was the first time that I could see the big girl that my child will become. And, that all her friends are embarking on that journey themselves. While I can see a glimmer of who my Rosie will be, I can also see the future of her friends. And, they’re not all going the same direction. We may soon take different paths.

But what path will you take my sweet Jaiden Rose? Which direction will life take you? Who will you be?

Lots of different people over the course of a lifetime. And, if I had to guess your near future will be filled with pirouettes and eventually an exceptional person will emerge.

What will you be? Who knows? Maybe you’ll take an interest in science. That’s what it takes to be a Neogentologist. Right?

About debcb

All Deb wanted to do was work, until she had Rosie. For the past decade, she's juggled a full-time career, high-profile volunteer work and mommyhood.

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