My sweet 7 year old first grader Ava gave her first school presentation today. She rides her bike, helps bake cookies, spends the night at friend's houses, writes stories, dances ballet...in short, she is growing up! She is so far beyond babyhood, but that dress brought it all rushing back to me in an instant. She wore that dress, which fell down around her chubby thighs rippled with baby fat. There were a few wisps of curls at the back of her head. She was learning how to walk, taking her first shaky steps. I could almost smell the scent of baby wash on her soft head.
I don't think they were tears of sorrow. They weren't exactly tears of joy either. I think they were a recognition that those were precious times and that life is moving fast. And it was a tiny reminder to enjoy this stage of life while we're here because if 7 years can pass so quickly, so can 7 more.