With a 7 year old and a 3 year old, there aren’t too many defining moments that stand out among the rest that I can remember really being proud of them for something that wasn’t simply a developmental milestone.
Sure, I was happy and proud of the first words, the first steps, the first day of school, etc.. But of all that is fairly typical. Most parents experience these things in one way, shape or form.
But every once in awhile, kids do something that stand out beyond the range of “normal” growth and development.
They do something beyond your expectations.
On August 24, 2011 my son started second grade.
Today, less than 1 month later, he started third grade.
Yeah I’m proud.
And I look at him and just smile a lot for no reason.
He keeps asking me “what?” when he catches me staring. I just respond “you’re a third grader now,” and he seems content with that answer and goes on about his day.
Just one question, does that make me a year older?