My big kids are beginning to do great things that have nothing to do with me. How can this be?! I suppose it was bound to happen and honestly, I have just about bust at the seams while witnessing it. The first time was while they were skiing. I was 500 yards away while they were with their instructor and I saw them break down, regroup, try again, and succeed. I saw lots of high fives with each other and with their instructor and big grins after accomplishing something they initially thought was impossible or scary. That had nothing to do with me, it all came from them and the encouragement of another adult who believed in them. I was beyond moved. I didn't tell Chris that I sat on the ski lodge balcony and cried but I did. It was moving to me. Those grown up kids were mine.
Tonight was the second time I felt the same kind of pride. During their karate class, the kids are focused and listen and they learn what is taught to them. Drew was told tonight that she was one of the most focused white belts. William was told it is obvious he is trying his best. Again, these actions come from them and I just can't stand it I'm so proud.
I've always been proud of my kids, obviously. But this is different. I'm not sure how else to describe it but if you remember feeling this kind of pride for the first time you know what I'm talking about.
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