She unearthed the stamps and ink pads I had hidden in the back of the closet.
Oooohhh, Mommy! Can I use these?
And, oh, how I wanted to say no.
Gifted to her nearly three years ago, I’ve let her use them once.
Because I’ve been saving them. For what, I’m not sure.
Like china that sits in the cabinet for special occasions, they languished in the closet.
But today I said yes.
Though my inner control freak wanted to tell her not to mix the inks, I held back and let her create.
And I am so happy that I did.
Because she’s a kid and her only job is to explore her world.
And it’s my job to watch her.
Those of you who have been around for a while, you know that I’ve come a long way.
And that makes me so happy.