Bethany has always loved Dora the Explorer. She was Dora for Halloween last year. And as recently as a month ago I had to explain to her that it was too cold for her to wear her Dora sundress to church. (Not to mention that I had already taken it to Goodwill.) I was excited a few days later to find a winter jacket in her favorite colors with Dora on it. She didn't exactly share my enthusiasm when she saw it after school, but I thought she had just had a tiring day.
Today was the moment of truth. COLD. Time to break out the winter jackets. Bethany just sort of frowned. Before cutting the tags off, we asked if there was something she didn't like about her new jacket. She quietly said, "I'm big now."
We'll miss you Dora! Thanks for all you taught us. But now, maturity is calling.
And so may we all leave the lesser things behind to grow "in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13