Tuesday, September 30, 2008

mr. independent

Everyday after school, I meet Emme and Clee at the bus stop. And everyday after the bus comes, Emme runs home as fast as she can while Clee and I walk slowly hand in hand. This was our after school routine, and I loved it. I mean really, who wouldn't want to walk hand in hand with Clee basking in his speechless wisdom and charm? Yes, our afternoon routine was sweet until someone (ahem, Clemon) decided he was getting too old to hold moms hand. :( 
Last week Clee made the big boy decision to walk in front of me instead of holding my hand, and like always there's a pattern to Clee's ways. 
He makes sure I'm two to four feet strait behind him so he doesn't see my shadow. If he does see my shadow, he will stop, turn around, look at me with a irritated face, walk towards me, and reposition me so my body is perfectly aligned with his. 
Although a part (a huge part) of me never wants him to grow up and wants him to always need me, I'm proud of him for the big accomplishments he has overcome. 
Walking home without holding moms hand might not be such a big deal to the average 6 year old, but being able to trust Clee to walk home and not run away is huge. It's a sign he's growing up and wanting to be able to do things without assistance. I just hope he's not too big to stop holding my hand altogether. 


april said...

my heart, melting and breaking right now.

Amanda L. said...

you will always have his heart.

seriously, the way you two connect is beautiful.

jennah said...

I bet that big boy of your will never stop holding his mamas hand. I'm proud that you see the accomplishment in this. I would probably just be sad. Such an endearing way to put it.

Grandma Gerri said...

Your a very special mama for a very special boy and his sibs. I am proud of you and them.

Betsy said...

This is just sooo sweet! :)

Lori said...

It makes me want to go get Kirk from school and give him a long hug!