I was cleaning out a pile of papers yesterday and found a note I had jotted down after a conversation with Doodlebug. It was dated 2009, when she was 6 years old. I remember we had been cuddled up reading It's Not the Stork, which I bought after her repeated and increasingly detailed questions about the birds and the bees.
"Mom, the sex part is kinda weird."
Yeah, it's a little weird. You're supposed to think it's weird because you are a kid, but when you grow up you'll think differently.
"What about younger grown-ups...you know, who aren't married? Do they think it's weird?"
They are thinking about it (um, a lot) and some (ok, most) of them are having sex. We will keep talking about this as you get older, but right now you should know that sex is a very special thing that people do when they are old enough and in love.
"Well I'm definitely going to do it someday because I want to be a Mommy."
And you will make a great one, sweetie, because you are so loving and big-hearted. You take such good care of your brothers and cousins.
"And because I pay attention to everything you do...so I'm learning to be a Mommy."
(Gulp) That makes me want to be the best Mommy I can be.
"Good, then I can be the best too."
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Speaking of parenting skills...I had the privilege of hearing Brené Brown speak last night about the gifts of imperfect parenting and I was completely blown away. Truly. She was engaging, funny and wise. I am still trying to absorb everything I heard and can't wait to dive into her new book. I swear, even if you're not a parent, she has something to teach you.