|K and his friend Y at a Christmas Banquet|
Even though we prepare for our children to grow up, and to move on in life... (good parents prepare their children to grow up and move on) it is never easy to come to the realization that today, my baby needs me maybe just a little bit less than yesterday.
So how is it that we are caught of guard, and surprised, maybe even a little saddened when our children grow and mature...
I think, at least for me, it is the realization that I have 1 day less today to spend with my child than I had yesterday. And 1 less opportunity to tell them how amazing and wonderful they truly are. How proud I am of them. How much they amaze me in every way.
But most importantly... ONE less day to EMBARRASS them!
阿姨Deborah (via Skype from China): So, how was your guys Christmas?
Kids: Good! We got lots of stuff!
阿姨: Yea? Like what?
D: I got a CAMERA! LOOK! I'M TAKING A PICTURE OF YOU ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN!!!
阿姨: Hey cool! Thats just like my camera!
K: And I got Lord Of the Rings Super Duper Long Extended Version!
Ping: 'nd we got barbie house bigger en me!
G: But not me, I'm taller than the house.
阿姨: Nice. And did you guys do anything special?
Me: Well, K went to a fancy Christmas Banquet. With a GIRL!
K: WHAaaaaat?!! Daaaaaaaad...
阿姨: Yea? A girl?
Me: Uh-huh. You should ask him if she was pretty.
阿姨: Oh? Was she pretty?
K: WHAT?! WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME?! I don't know! Shes a friend!
Me: Uh-huh. Well she WAS very pretty. She had a beautiful dress. Oh, and ask K what he wore!
阿姨: *laughing* So what did you wear K?
K: I don't know. *laughing and turning quite red*
Me: He had a nice pair of jeans, and a new black shirt that he bought just for the diner! He even took a shower!
K: Mom MADE me buy a new shirt! And she made me take a shower too. I didn't want to.
Me: Yes, it is all moms fault. I mean, why would you want to be clean.
K: I'm leaving now.
阿姨: Bye. Say hi to your friend for me!
阿姨: He was SO embarrassed!
Me: Yea, it's about the only perk to being a parent... being able to embarrass our children.