when I least expected it
my kids somehow grew up
before my very eyes.
I thought I would try letting them
cut out their own pumpkin tops
(after I had drawn the line to follow)
and they just kept going
without looking back
to find out what to do next.
Ben even remembered to tell us that
you have to scoop it out good
Apparently they HAVE been watching and listening.
I never touched Ben's pumpkin.
He was all business
and not to be interrupted.
I did help Bethany just a tad,
(and it was a VERY small tad!)
but the plan was all hers.
Really, who knew that Ben could cut out letters like this...freehand?
Bethany carefully drew and executed her plan.
She cut out her whole cat
all by herself.
And when I was amazed
she gave me a giant hug.
She had also amazed herself.
I did not cry the day my baby went off to first grade.
or when they sang their first solos in children's choir.
But today, as they carved their own pumpkins
and talked about who they wanted to go trick-or-treating with
and did not mention their parents' names
I was tempted. Very tempted.
I took pictures instead.
Because they are still
just as delightful
as when they were really little.
I want to savor the growing up, too.