Thursday, March 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

I had a bittersweet moment with YaYa today.

After school we braved the gray, rainy afternoon to deliver her Girl Scout cookies in the neighborhood. I don't know why, but she asked if I would carry her home on my shoulders. No, I said, an answer I repeated several times over the course of our walk.

"Why not?" she asked.

"Because we're both getting too old for it," I said.

But, a block from home I gave in and put her on my shoulders.

"It's kinda scary up here," she said. "It's been a long time."

"It'll probably be the last time too kiddo," I said. "You're getting too big for this."

"I know," she said.

"Does that make you sad?" I asked.

"Yeah, kinda. There's a lot of 'last times' lately. This year was the last time I could go to the pumpkin farm at school, it's the last piggyback. A lot of things are ending."

"That's just part of growing up baby. There's gonna be more and more things that are the 'last time' for you as a kid. But there's going to be a whole lot more 'first times' to balance it out. You'll see."

"I guess. Will you still buy me a pumpkin though? I don't want to see LuLu and Ginger do their's if I don't have one."

"Sure," I said. We were climbing my front porch steps.

"You should tell Mom to take a picture Daddy," she said. "This is the last time you'll give me a piggyback ride."

And that pretty much kicked me in the gut.

"Wellll," I said. "Maybe it won't be the 'last' time just yet."

4 comments:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Agreed, absolute gut shot. Enjoy each and every moment Dan.

Sybil said...

Bless you BOTH, out of the mouths of chidren come such truths..
Love Syil xxx

Anonymous said...

She did kind of the same thing when she went on the train at the mall...She felt kind of sad that it would be the last time...I told her wait, when she has children and grand kids, she will be able to go on the train again...That's why kids are so much fun, you can be little again for a moment. :)

Grandma Sc

Bridgett said...

::heart melting::

Such poignant moments.