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Small wonders

This picture of Catherine and me was taken in February 1997 — she is 10 months here and I am, yes, still wearing shoulder pads and a hairdo that later grew to Rosanne Rosannadanna width. Those are stories for another day.

Terri and Catherine, 1997

Terri and Catherine, 1997

In addition to being one of my favorites, this picture represents “before,” before she:

  • began to talk incessantly, as soon as she woke
  • began to walk on those chubby legs …  and then run
  • made tea parties on the coffee table in the living room, her favorite blankie for a tablecloth and all the plastic food from her play kitchen arranged just so
  • learned to fold laundry with me (she seems now to forget how … a lot), help me dust and make the bed, pulling the “comfortable” up nice and neat
  • learned “The Wheels on the Bus,” how to count to 10 or how to spell her name
  • learned to walk “up” the slide, pedal a tricycle, run through the sprinkler, coax a hum snail from its shell
  • made her first PB&J, glued her first vat of sequins to a piece of construction paper, read her first book
  • made a bunch of girlfriends and spent afternoons giggling, pretending, dressing up and running through the yard
  • went through her sea creature, aliens, Egyptian and Titanic phases
  • read the entire Magic Treehouse series
  • joined the chorus, tried her hand at volleyball, started to keep notebook upon notebook of her handwritten own stories
  • put away Hilary Duff, “High School Musical” and Jesse McCartney in favor of Lil Wayne
  • began to wear makeup, fuss with her hair and nails, notice boys
  • learned to drive, or had enough of her own money that she could treat me to popcorn at a movie, as she did last night when we went together — just us girls — to see “The Great Gatsby

It was also before I got the privilege of seeing all the above wonders unfold, each its own awe-inspiring milestone in her amazing metamorphosis to independent woman.

And it’s before I had gray hair.

Happy Mother’s Day!

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


5 thoughts on “Small wonders

  1. Aw how lovely to read this from a mother’s perspective! 🙂 As one of the co-hosts from the My Favorite Posts Weekend SHOW OFF Party! I wanted to personally thank you for linking up with us & to invite you to add me to your G+ circles or follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I’ve done the same with you. Also, I run a link party on my food blog, Anyonita Nibbles where you can link up recipes or food related posts. This week’s party is here: http://www.anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/tasty-tuesdays-10.html

    Posted by Anyonita | May 16, 2013, 7:40 pm
  2. What a sweet glimpse into the years unfolding with your daughter. Happy Mother’s Day!

    Posted by findingninee | May 13, 2013, 7:28 am
  3. Thank you for joining our Let’s Get Social Sunday Party !

    With A Blast

    Posted by lindanortje | May 13, 2013, 5:05 am

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