It doesn’t seem like five years.
It seems like yesterday she was crawling all over the floor and barely able to say “Momma” or “Dadd-dee”
Walk? I remember the Domestic 6 and I coaxing her from opposite sides of the living room, and holding her hands letting her stomp her way through the house while giggling manically. She never wanted to walk. She wanted to run.
Once she learned how to do it on her own , she has been wide open ever since.
Was last week when she finally sleep through the night.
No it’s not her birthday. And many folks see it as a silly thing.
But for a parent who has spent most of his career a slave to black top and white lines this Saturday is something special.
I’ve been all over the world, but I can never wait to get home to this blond haired green eyed beauty of mine.
This weekend is one of those special times.
You see she graduates pre-school this Saturday.
Hard to imagine this little angel o’ mine getting older and bigger. I missed so much of my oldest daughters life.
She’s 12 now and I have not seen her since she was 6.
I see her in Critter, and I am probably a poorer parent for trying to make up my failures with her.
But I digress.
She has grown up right before my eyes.
From tiny dancer to dinosaur expert. From bed flops to miniature archeologist.
My little cowgirl. I have taken her to over a dozen rodeo’s in three states, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. She loves them.
Her pink cowgirl hat is adorned with autographs from bull riders, stunt riders, barrel racers and rodeo clowns.
Once a month she asks when they next one is so she can watch…” The BIG Bulls!”
I am a horrible influence it seems.
She tries to play her guitar. She has learned the opening notes of secret Agent Man on her small guitar I got her for her Birthday last year. She’s five.
She used to try to drive my 1973 Ford. She climbs everything and jumps off everything. My wife blames me, “Your the fool who jumped out of planes!”.
Unafraid to speak her mind, and tom boy and a half.
My little girl is growing up. It doesn’t seem like five years.
But its been one helluva ride.