Made some enclosure cards for the sheepish fundraiser ornaments.
Emma was very interested in the stamp-carving process. She was concerned with my safety, foremost, and kept reminding me to be careful with the sharp lino-cutter. And as she started to see the shape of the sheep emerge, she looked up at me--head tilted and eyes locked on mine--and said, "Mom, I am so proud of you right now."
Why does that mean so much to me to hear from a three-year-old? Besides the utmost sincerity that comes from the young, I think it is this. Through all the discipline, busy mornings, and mad rushes, I have taken the time to tell her how proud I am of her--enough that it has inspired her to do the same for me. It is a reassurance that I needed. Right after that she said, "If you called your mom, she would tell you she's proud of you, too. " So we did. And she was.