16 March 2010

The Best Day

This morning in the car Noble was a little whiny. Kayci's new thing, when he's having a hard time in the car, is to ask, "Do you want Kayci to sing you a song?" To which Noble will answer either, "No!" or "______" (he'll say what he wants her to sing about). This morning he answered, "Mom Mom!" And so my girl proceeded to sing "One little, two little, three little Mom Moms..." and as I listened to her, I thought, that's ME back there. She was doing exactly what I did as a teacher and as her Mommy when she was that age, and it touched me. So often when I think, "she's exactly like me!" it's because she's doing something I'd rather she didn't do, or repeating something questionable that I said. :) This parenting is tough work...I don't know which is harder, honestly, parenting Kayci who's just like me or Noble who is my polar opposite. All I know is that every day is an adventure, with some days I'd rather forget. But for the most part, despite my ineptitude, we muddle through.

Today we agreed that Noble would go to school and we'd have a Mommy & Kayci day. Kayci decided our agenda, so we had pedicures, lunch at Must Be Heaven and then went to her little friend's house for a playdate. Now we're home again for a bit so she can have a little more time to herself before we pick up Noble and start our evening. The days when it's just the two of us are pretty rare, so I look forward to them. I wonder what Kayci will remember when she grows up--all of my missteps, the times I got mad and yelled, the many times I made her pick up her room AGAIN...or the days like today, when it's just an ordinary day that feels a little special. I don't know, we'll have to see.

I started thinking about this earlier when I was working a bit while she watched her Taylor Swift DVD. This song came on, and it made me think about today. I hope today is one of Kayci's Best Days. :)

The Best Day
Songwriters: Swift, Taylor Alison

I'm five years old, it's getting cold, I've got my big coat on
I hear your laugh and look up smiling at you, I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides, look now, the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home

I don't know why all the trees change in the fall
But I know you're not scared of anything at all
Don't know if Snow White's house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today

I'm thirteen now and don't know how my friends could be so mean
I come home crying and you hold me tight and grab the keys
And we drive and drive until we found a town far enough away
And we talk and window shop 'til I've forgotten all their names

I don't know who I'm gonna talk to now at school
But I know I'm laughing on the car ride home with you
Don't know how long it's gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day with you today

I have an excellent father, his strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my little brother, inside and out, he's better than I am
I grew up in a pretty house and I had space to run
And I had the best days with you

There is a video I found from back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me
It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs
And Daddy's smart and you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world

And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
For staying back and watching me shine
And I didn't know if you knew, so I'm takin' this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today


1 comment:

Tracye said...

I'm so glad you girls got to have the best day!