My first-born turned ten a couple of months ago and at the risk of sounding maudlin, I’ll say, oh, how time has flown! I can’t believe this spunky, cheeky little girl who stole my heart with her precocious ways has grown up so much. She’s always had an old soul. I remember that when she was about two, I pinched her cheeks after a joke and said, “You know, you are so cute ma shaa Allah!” She answered in all earnestness, “No! No! I’m not cute. I’m too big to be cute!” Her serious pronouncement made her look even more adorable, but I didn’t tell her that :) She had always objected very strongly to “being treated like a kid”.
My little big girl is full of grand schemes and shennanigans. She has been growing garlic and onions in her bedroom (we used the sprouts for our tuna sandwich filling!), made a bow (not the sort for your hair… the kind you shoot arrows with) and is planning to make bone needles (because you never know when you need to stitch deerskin for moccasins!).
Two days ago, she made us all lunch – baked pasta with minced chicken, sauce and cheese. She was a little daunted at first but with Bear’s support and much encouragement, she rolled up her sleeves and got into it like a pro. It was delicious ma shaa Allah. I only wish I’d remembered to snap a photo much sooner because this was all that was left once we had attacked it :)
I still don’t have my camera so this grainy photo is all we have… bah…
I remember thinking when I first had Mars that motherhood just didn’t come naturally to me at all. Maybe it did and I didn’t know it or maybe it really didn’t and I somehow grew into it. Whatever the case, Allah gave me a funny first-born who made it easy for me, alhamdulillah.
Mars, you’ve come a long way, ma shaa Allah. Baba and I are so proud of you! :)
Allaahu Baarik Lahaa. Please do tell her that another old soul in desert is also really really proud of her! May Allaah always keep her on the straight path and make her firm upon His dheen and make her the coolness of her parents’ eyes and a source of khayr for them in this world and the hereafter. Aameen!
That pasta looks delicious. And Imaan, I am just thinking to myself after reading this post, Insha Allaah it will not be too long for me to see my little girl turning 10, already I just cannot believe she has turned 4, I still remember her inside me lol, subhanallaah time just more than flies! May Allaah protect and guide our kids! aameen!
wa `alaykukm as salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh dear Umm Maimoonah
Ameen to your du`aa and I ask the same for your little one too! You made Mars so happy with your lovely words – she teared up when she read them :) You made her day!
Yes, kids grow up so quickly… *sigh* We can’t thank Allah enough for them, can we?