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September 27, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
For some reason, the seventh year of my life was a pivotal one. At least in my mind, it was the year everything critical happened. My granddad died. I learned how to ride a bike and I got my tonsils removed. It was also the year the 17-year cicadas became our favorite summertime pets. I was in second grade and had one of the best teachers throughout my school career and I came out of my shell (a little). I developed a love of writing and started expressing my thoughts on paper daily in my special diary. It was a big year for me as a kid, and somehow the events of that year stick with me like no other. That's why Julie turning 7 on Tuesday struck me so intensely. She's my big girl now, who thinks more critically and comprehends more deeply than ever before. It's pretty scary when you realize your child will most likely remember the events of her childhood from here on out. It makes the stakes a little higher. Now I really can't mess up, right? Everything I do as a mom really starts to matter. Not that it didn't matter before, but I feel like these are the times that begin to shape who she is and how she feels about herself. I can think back to that year and recall so clearly how I felt in certain situations. I shudder thinking about my awful short haircut that year and how kids would ask "Are you a boy or a girl?" I remember feeling anxious in situations when I was meeting new people, but confident in my small second grade classroom. As parents, we can't help but think as our children as "little." Regardless of their age, we sometimes underestimate their thoughts and emotions. But, if we think back to ourselves at their age, we might realize they're much wiser than we think. Happy Birthday to my big 7 year old!!

 
 

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