A hike up the hill

Every so often, Ava insists on walking to school by herself. It’s a short three blocks, and Bryan usually follows behind her, circling in and out of the neighborhood cul-de-sacs so he can keep an eye on her.

This morning, I offered to watch her make her way up the hill. I got a bit of a later start than Bryan would have liked, and he waited impatiently while watching her from the end of the driveway.

His “There’s a shady looking van–hurry up!” was met with my, “Good god, man, calm down. How do you sleep?”

I have to say, though, as I watched Ava navigate the one and only intersection (four cars seemed to come out of nowhere the moment her foot hit the street!), I felt an remarkable mix of fear and pride. She was extremely cautious, and obviously pleased with her independence.

By the way, there’s just four more days of first grade…

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on May 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Posts such as this should be prefaced with a (Grand)Parental Advisory!!!

  2. Posted by Gramma Great on May 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I definitely agree with Rebecca’s Mom!

  3. Posted by Rebecca on May 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I worry a bit about how you two are going to handle her learner’s permit. 😉

  4. Posted by Laura on May 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Such a sweet post! I have been really amazed in the weeks since Ava’s birthday how much more grown up she suddenly seems.

  5. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on May 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Does she know you follow her?

  6. Posted by Karyl on May 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I would be following her, too, if I was there! Makes me cry, actually! Laura is right – Ava seems very much more grown up….happening way too fast!

  7. Posted by Rebecca on May 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    She does know, Jess. She waves happily until she gets onto the school grounds, then she shoos us away.

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