Thursday, October 16, 2008
Defining Moment: Fiona's First Field Trip
You probably all remember when the Challenger blew up on national TV? Or what you were doing when you heard that planes had flown into the Twin Towers in New York City on that fateful day on September 11, 2001. These were definitely "defining moments" for our country's history. You probably will never forget.
From a parent's perspective there are defining moments for your kids too...their first tooth, first haircut, first words, etc. Some of you may have carefully written down the important dates in baby books or snapped a picture to remember that special moment in time. These "defining moments" not only shaped your kids, but are memories held in your mind of time when they were at a certain development age, a particular time in their life.
Chaperoning your kids first field trip is definitely one of those defining moments. You have arrived. You are a parent. Yesterday I entered a new phase of parenthood...a chaperoning mom to a pumpkin patch filled with preschoolers. (On one of the coldest mornings in October...BURR!)
Yes...not as earth shattering as JFK passing, but for Fiona and I, a defining moment of Fiona growing older...talking with classmates and exploring The Farm (Snohomish, WA) with Mom at a distant. (Yes, I said at a distant.)
No...I won't write it down on her baby book as it seems all the "great milestones" have already been reached per her baby book. (Except her first haircut!) However, I've etched out a little memory of driving "my baby" to her first preschool field trip to pick out a pumpkin together. I know I won't forget.
From inside the little blue bungalow,