Pumpkin will graduate from pre-K next week and turn 5 a few weeks later (insert crying emoji here). Five seems like a huge number, a big milestone. It’s hard to believe we’re already here – it’s gone by so fast. But in many ways, big and small, she’s shown that she’s growing up.
Recently, Mr. G went on a trip for a few days. Pumpkin helped Peanut brush her teeth and get dressed in the morning. She tries to teach her sister sight words. She feeds the dogs. She wakes up and entertains herself by drawing or practicing writing letters and words instead of waking us up. One morning, she even got herself dressed for school before coming out of her room. Last night, she read to me at bedtime instead of the other way around – mostly memorization, but she recognized quite a few words, too.
It really became obvious how much she’s grown when she and I took a trip together last weekend, just the two of us. It was a short trip, to go to a wedding. But before the wedding we did some visiting with family. I was amazed at how quickly she warmed to relatives she hadn’t seen in a year – walked right up and gave them hugs. A year ago, it took her some time to come out of her shell around them, but this time she remembered them. She carried on conversations with people, and helped with the yard work at my mom’s house. There were a couple moments on the trip where she gave me attitude or got upset over something silly – but considering how little sleep she’d gotten and how out of her routine she was, it’s amazing how well she behaved.
She had her second professional pedicure on the trip. The last time, she wouldn’t put her feet anywhere near a tub and only allowed the nail technician to paint her toenails. This time, she went for the full experience and didn’t fight any of it.
Throughout the trip, she was helpful and cooperative. And a truly fun traveling companion. It’s really hard to blink and realize how darned fast these kids are growing, but it’s so amazing to see the people they are becoming.