Perfect Balance


Joined April 2008

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I can fondly remember when Isabella was younger never wanting to leave my side. She would always hold my hand or want to be carried or ride piggy-back. As each year passed she would slowly take a few more steps ahead of me prior to running back, walking alongside me, and holding my hand again. Each year I would notice her number of steps increase. Each year I watched her grow up.

Now that she is eight she will venture off a little ahead of me from time to time to explore on her own. She walks a greater distance now than she has ever before. As much as I want to hold her hand and walk or even carry her if I could, I love to watch her explore the world.

She will frequently turn her head back and check on me. Making sure I am still right behind her. She is growing up and gaining more and more independence. However, if she cannot readily see me, fear will cross her face until she finds me, and then she relaxes and continues on her exploration. The old cliché stands true .. it is happening oh so fast .. where has the time gone?

As her mother, I know this is all a part of growing up. For both of us. As her mother, I know I have done right by her as I watch her venture out trusting I am still with her. Part of loving her is letting her try things on her own. I see the distance between her steps and mine as she explores on her own as an example of the confidence and trust I have helped instill in her through the years. As much as I ache to spend every minute with her, I am filled with joy knowing I have allowed her the freedom to be herself and evolve into the Isabella she wishes to become.

There must be a balance in motherhood. I must check that balance daily. I want to be her friend, her parent, her confidant, and a good example. However on the other side of the scale, I must also allow her to explore on her own and discover who she is as an individual. Who she wants to be, what her own interests are, what her personality will form into, how many steps ahead she feels she can take before she feels the need to turn around and see if I am still right behind her.

If I am proud of anything I have done in my life, it is raising my daughter. All of the gifts of love and knowledge I wish to give her through her life, she unknowingly returns to me.

Our relationship is in perfect balance.

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