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“Mama, can you play with me?”
I looked down at my three-year-old’s bed head. Her big brown eyes opened wide, waiting for an answer. As big as her eyes were, the piles of dishes in the sink were bigger. “In just a minute,” I told her and watched as she ran off to the playroom to dig through her toy box.
I had moved from dishes to laundry when she appeared again with a princess dress in hand. “Mama, can you make me a princess?”
“Sure,” I told her and pulled layers of satin and tulle over her head and tried taming her unruly hair with my fingers.
“Do you want to play tea party?” She asked me and giggled, not even waiting for an answer. She skipped off to rattle the cups and plates in her play kitchen. Minutes later, she appeared with mismatched teacups and a purple plastic tea pot.
“Be careful. It’s hot,” Grace told me, watching to make sure I drank every drop of her “tea.”
Abandoning the teapot, she turned on her heel and ran to the kitchen cabinet. “Can we play Play-doh now?” I sighed, thinking off all I needed to accomplish and wondered how long I would have to make “cookies” and roll Play-doh snakes.
Grace stood on tiptoe at the cabinet and called out to me. “I not waiting on you Mama.” She confused her words. While trying to let me know she was tired of waiting on me, she actually said she wasn’t waiting on me. And then it hit me.
My daughter wasn’t waiting on me.
She wasn’t waiting on me to finish the dishes or do laundry to grow up. Every day, each and every second of every day, she was growing. There was no stopping it.
The laundry would wait to be folded. The dishes would wait to be washed. The floors would wait to be vacuumed. But my precious daughter would NOT wait.
And neither could I.
I closed the dryer door. I left the dishwasher to be unloaded. I got down forty-eleven cans Play-doh and every Play-doh toy we owned and pulled a big chair up to Grace’s little white play table.
“Can you roll me snakes?” Grace squealed, realizing I was preparing to play with her.
“Yes, baby. Mama can roll snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.”
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