There are moments in your child's life that are overwhelming. Last weekend my husband shadowed my daughter on the playground as I sat on the bench and watched from a distance. Eager to give the slide a run, they ran over to the play structure together. A cautious tot, she likes to have a helping hand when going up and down the stairs or slides.
For the first time, I saw her break hands with her daddy and walk up the stairs on her own. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched from afar. I beamed with pride for my growing girl. Thrilled for her accomplishment, the tears also represented my feeling of loss — my baby girl, make that lil girl, no longer needs mommy or daddy for everything.