“From near to far, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” ~Dr. Seuss

2009-february-trip-to-kcMonday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Grace and I celebrated by working together to make a Cat in the Hat Hat and then we read one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

She is moving back and forth these days between a little girl who needs and wants help and a little person who is taking care of herself.  This movement is always there in kids, I guess, but this is one of those periods where it is clear that she is passing through and it must feel a little uncomfortable.  She will come out a little less our baby girl.  I think she will come out of this phase a 5 year old.  A kindergardener.

It causes moments of struggle and conflict as she works to assert her independence and we work to provide room for that.  In the last couple of weeks she has been working on tying her shoes, she made hot dogs for herself and Max’s lunch, she is adamant about combing her own hair and choosing her own clothes, except for the days that she doesn’t care at all and is sweet as pie about us helping.  There has been some barking and snapping (we didn’t get a puppy yet) when help is offered.   We’ve realized that during these phases we have to be diligent about our patience and our expectations or we all get sucked into disequilibrium.

Good thing that funny things are everywhere; laughing keeps us sane (or we are crazy as ever but enjoying it).