Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Unexpected Tears

After 11 years of being a mommy, I've been through a lot of firsts with my kids, like walking, talking, teeth, big bed, and first day of school.
Last night, in preparation for becoming the mom of a middle schooler, I had an unexpected first.

Emma layed all her clothes out, showered, dried her hair, gathered all her things, and recited her locker combination 10 more times. But after her shower, she decided that she needed to have her legs shaved before walking through the doors of middle school. Yes, this is a first. And nope, I wasn't really ready for it.

Have you ever shaved someone ELSE'S legs? It's kinda weird. Especially when it's your own kid. And especailly when I don't think I am old enough to have a kid who shaves her legs!!! (because it's all about me, right?)

I politely told Emma that I would help her shave once. (It's pain enough to shave my own legs, and I'm not reallly in the market to be shaving two pairs....)

My eyes got watery as I finished. So stupid, I know! Crying about a leg shaving ceremony.

This morning we were up at dark-o-clock. I fixed her breakfast, prayed with her, and sent her on her merry little middle school way. And I got teary again.

So I guess I learned a few things this week. 1) I do not like shaving other people's legs. And 2) My little girl is growing up. (sniff sniff sniff....)

What have YOU learned this week? To read more about what others have learned this week, go to What I Learned This Week at Musings of a Housewife.



13 comments:

Stefani said...

You are such a good Mommy Kristin! I only wish my mom had taken the time to teach me how to shave my legs. (it would have saved her a lot of band aids!)

You can bet that when my little girls start middle school I'll be calling you in tears. :)

Hopefully you can enjoy a little quiet with the kiddos at school.

The Mommy said...

Only other mothers would understand why you were shedding tears over shaved legs!

girlymama said...

i don't think it is strange at ALL that you were emotional about that!

but then again, i have two girls ;-)

JanMary said...

My eldest (also 11) starts grammar school this friday - not sure I am ready for that and DEFINITELY not ready for her to start leg shaving!

Carpool Queen said...

That's a biggie. You've earned the tears.

Sarah said...

Oh I am sure I will cry when it comes time for my baby girl to shave her legs as well. On the opposite end of things I have had someone (my husband) shave my legs when I broke my hand. That was weird too!

jen@odbt said...

That was so good of you to show her how to shave her legs. I really didn't know what I was doing when I started. Another milestone. Don't you wish we could pause their growing up?

melaniet42 said...

Awww...that's such a "good mommy" moment! I remember that my mom and I fought over that very issue. So much so that I wasn't allowed to start shaving my legs until high school. And I have very dark leg hair. I'm so glad we have many years to go before we're there, but I know the time will come faster than I want it to!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

What a sweet story. And your daughter will always remember that. And hopefully that locker combination won't be stuck in her head forever. Good job, Mom!

The Fritz Facts said...

Such a good Mom! I don't know if I could do it, but wow. I would be misty too. It is a rite of passage!

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

Oh, snif snif is right! I know this is just around the corner. Wow, it goes fast, huh?

You are a good mommy.

Kellie said...

Oh Kristin!

I would have sniffled a bit myself....why must time march so rebelliously fast!

Hope her first day of school was awesome.

Musings of a Housewife said...

Wow, that IS huge! And lol, I agree, I wouldn't be signing on to do that regularly. Sounds like she's ready for middle school. How did her first day go?