Five for Ten (Five Minute Friday)

It is Friday which means a five minute free write without pretense and without a careful editing eye. The prompt from #FMFparty this week is TEN.

“Sunrise, sunset

Sunrise, sunset

Swiftly fly the years

One season following another

Laden with happiness and tears”

~Fiddler on the Roof

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She is almost ten.

I am both elated and petrified. I saw it this year–the shift, the beginning of the tween years. The little girl who believed everything I said, began to question. She began to fight for her own way relentlessly. She showed responsibility and gained more freedom. She fought for control and sought comfort for new problems. There were bullies, catty girls, and innocent crushes. The realization that the world will lie and that life can be hard. She stands firm, thinks well, and offers help. She fights for, and with, her siblings. Her shoes are only one size smaller than mine. She looks through the laundry and wonders when she will need a bra. She asks about when she can go to Paris. She loves Jesus and has learned the beauty of repentance and forgiveness. She was my baby. She is getting so big.

She is almost ten.

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