The kiddo’s first friend

Yesterday I took Lexiana over to spend the day with my in-laws so I could have an entire day to work.  She’d spent Tuesday with my parents.  While I appreciate both sets of grandparents watching her and spending time with her, I also can’t help but worry about leaving her.  I’m her mom, after all.  And I’m great at mom guilt, even if I am just leaving her so that I can do some work.

My kiddo and her friend

When we went to pick her up last night, it was nearly bedtime and she was tired, but she’d had a good day.  She’d played with her Nana and Papaw and her friend (their neighbor), a nearly 6-year-old girl named Morgan.  Lexiana loves Morgan almost as much as she loves her Nana and Papaw.  I knew it had been a fun day for her.  Yet, I still had a twinge of guilt.  I want my daughter to have a good relationship with her grandparents.  I want her to be close to them and enjoy them like I did growing up.  And I know to achieve that, she has to spend time with them.  The same goes for making friends.  But, there is no reasoning with mom guilt.

However, when we were on our way home, she helped alleviate my guilt.  This is what we heard from the backseat:

“Jesus, thanks [for the] fun at Nana and Papaw’s house.”

Uh, yeah.  It brought tears to my eyes.  First, I was so proud of her for coming up with her own prayer.  She’d done it one other time, but my husband was the only with her.  Second, I was even more proud of her for understanding in some small way that Jesus is the One to Whom we give thanks for all things.  And third, I was appreciative that she really did had a good time, and I didn’t need to feel guilty in any way.

As my husband prayed with her in between her book and songs before bed, he also thanked Jesus for the good time she’d had with Nana and Papaw.  And her little voice piped in, “Morgan.”  Not only does my child have her first friend, but she is also thankful to Jesus for her.  Nothing is sweeter than that.

I am one proud mama.

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