She walks up on stage, little legs and arms unsure as she stares out into the crowd. I view her through the camera lens, my little girl, on stage with her daycare class as they sing for the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters. I see her every day and yet? This view from the crowd? It makes her seems so much more more grown up.
When did my baby become a toddler? When did she learn how to spot me in a crowd and reach for me across the heads and cameras and smiling faces of the other parents? They sing songs of bus wheels and talk about what they do when they’re happy and they know it. Not my girl though. Oh she might swish wipers or honk a horn, but she’s not loving her perch there on the stage. She spots mommy again through the crowd, her view singular. Focused.
I slide out of view so she can enjoy her time with her friends. It’s interesting that sometimes being hidden from view makes the experience more tolerable. She can be herself. And I sneak peeks and though she isn’t the happiest kid in the performance, she’s mine. And I’m proud.
I love this view.
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