They grow up so fast.
It seems like only yesterday that I was nursing this child, a helpless and tiny baby who could do nothing for himself.
And yet today? Today he has decided he is a big boy, and big boys can make their own peanut butter vita-weets.
Now, usually I would be hovering over him trying to keep the mess to a minimum. I like a clean kitchen, and I hate messy counters and floors. But on this occasion, I decided to just “go with it” and let him have some fun. After all, this is how our children learn – by doing things for themselves.
And so I got him the butter, the peanut butter, the vita-weets, a board and a knife. He was so excited that I was letting him do it all by himself.
I will confess that I had to use all my willpower NOT to help him, and NOT to keep the mess to a minimum. But I managed. This was his project, his initiation from being a toddler to an independent preschooler.
The result? After much concentrated buttering, with his tongue poking out, he finally delivered his finished product. It was messy, but it was all his. He had done it all himself.
He was so proud. And so was I.
What a big boy you are now, Paddy!