My daughter was just eating carrots. Without being asked or prompted or begged or bribed. Her sixth birthday was last week and it's as if some switch was flipped; she's proud of being a Big Kid, and she voluntarily seeks out situations where she can demonstrate her new Big Kidness.
She knew I'd be thrilled and so she skipped over so I could watch watch her chomp down happily.
"Look, Mom!" Chomp. Chomp. Chomp.
I told her how happy I was, because carrots are so good for you.
"They are good for your skin! And your hair! And your eyes!" I blathered on.
I decided to dial it down a notch, so I said, "I mean, bunnies like carrots, right?"
She nodded again.
"And have you ever seen a bunny with glasses?"
She shook her head, crunching on her carrot.
"So, carrots MUST be good for your eyes, right?"
She nodded and bounced away.
Oh, my. She nodded. And bounced away.
She usually catches me when I try to pull a fast one over on her like that. I thought she'd roll her eyes and say, "Mooooooooooooooom! That's silly!"
But she didn't. She nodded.
And bounced away.
Someday, not tonight, but someday, it will be the last time she buys my goofiness. I won't know it at the time...but it will happen.
I'm glad it wasn't tonight.