Life cycles are events that mark major moments in our lives. My daughter's next big “event” will be her bat mitzvah in eight years and I am putting in black and white now that she will not have the "wedding" (aka- over the top, need a second mortgage) equivalent of a bat mitzvah party. It is a big deal for sure, but being thirteen does not entitle her to an event fit for a queen. In the meantime, I wonder about the smaller events that mark the transitions as she gets older and it occurs to me that in the span of the next few months we are going to hit some MAJOR small events that, at least in this moment, seem HUGE.
Now, you may wonder, what small events could rank up there with the coming of age. In our case, there are three: a loose tooth, the transition to a big girl bike (think two wheels instead of four) and then, becoming a kindergartner! It is true, I think that these may be more important to us as adults than they are too her (especially the bike—she is not all that excited about moving to a bike without training wheels)….but for me, suddenly my little girl seems SO much bigger. As I try to prepare for these events I have to admit that for a few brief moments I merged these two events. I am embarrassed to admit it, but as I hit the trail this morning for a run, I had the idea that maybe the big girl bike could be from the tooth fairy. Yes, I came to my senses pretty quickly, (I blame my runners high)….and realized that this might just set a bad precedent.