Tuesday, 14 July 2009

When Small Isn't Small Anymore

One of the benefits of being off work this week is that I could go to Small Daughter's school sports day. I always try and attend but sometimes I just can't make it. Last year, I couldn't go and when I asked her how the sports day had gone she said "well, I was sad that you weren't there, so I picked out one of the Mums and pretended she was cheering for me." Gulp. How sad is that?

So today I was there.

Small Daughter is probably not the best description for my youngest girl, as she is extremely tall for her age (9) and stands head and shoulders above most of her classmates.

The tallness, combined with the fact that she is very skinny gives her the effect of looking like the Betty Spaghetti dolls she used to play with when she was little.

SD looked very pleased to see me, and spent most of the time waving at me from across the playing field. She was in three different races, and it was clear from the first one that she was wasn't the least bit interested in winning. She had no sense of urgency, and made me smile to myself as she ran so slowly, trailing behind the others.

She reminded me of a graceful - but slow - baby giraffe running across the plains. If there had been a prize for the most elegant runner she would surely have won, but it was not to be. But she was smiling the whole time and seemed to be having a great time.

In the meantime I'm going to have to think of a new name for her, because I've got to accept that she's not my small daughter anymore.


Yummy Mummy said...

I'm so glad you were able to attend, it seems like she was so proud to have you there. Just goes to show what a GREAT mom you are. I still can't believe how fast they grow, oh how I wish I could stop time.

I hope you are feeling well. I've been thinking of you.


Imogen Lamport said...

It's so important to them for you to show up isn't it! My son just loves me coming to help out with the reading at school, or sit and watch his tennis lesson - it means so much to him.

How about Tall daughter!

Jane said...

I love sports days - they are the highlight of the year. I especially love watching the face sof the children who come in last - they always get the biggest cheer!

lunarossa said...

Glad you made it. I'm not so keen on sports days as I cannot stand kids being upset in competitions. My daughter is also 9 and rather tall and not very interested in sports days. She prefers football and swimming. Why don't you call NotSmallDaughterAnymore???? Hope you're feeling well. Ciao. A.

SandyCalico said...

Glad you could make it. She may be tall, but she's still your baby :-)

notSupermum said...

Yummy Mummy, it's true: they do grow so fast. I can't believe my eldest girl will be 13 soon.

Imogen, they do really love it when you go along don't they? And I feel so guilty if I can't make, yet their Dad never attends anything. And thanks, I'm resting so feeling ok.

Jane, that's so true. The biggest cheers today were for the children way behind the rest of them.

Antonella, all the children today appeared to be enjoying it, but I know what you mean. I'm feeling OK thanks.

Sandy, thanks. Yes, I still call her Baby Girl at home!

Kathryn said...

Nostalgically I miss sports days (they don't do them here) but I probably hated them when I was in them 35 years ago!! Glad you could go though - my Mum was a teacher and could never go to our school things and while I don't remember it ever really bothering me I think it bothered her a lot more! Happy Tuesday!

sallymandy said...

Oh, sweet. I love your description of SD. She was so happy you were there, and...a baby giraffe! Lovely.

I keep telling my daughter--who's 12--that I'm going to call her all those silly baby names until she's a grown lady (not in public, though). Maybe she'll need therapy.

That Girl said...

Ah bless... there's a lot to be said for an elegant runner! Better that than how Phoebe from friends runs! You must've been so proud to watch her! Hope you're doing OK and I've left an award/tag thingy at mine! x