Thursday, June 12, 2008

Marking My Calender

Something happened today that really marks the beginning of a new era for me and my daughter, who will be turning 11 this summer.

Here's the story...

Aly was wearing her favorite shorts today. All day long she had to pull them up. It didn't seem odd to me until this evening as we were standing in line at the Subway inside Walmart. We had just bought her a new pair of shorts for camp in a week. We bought a size 8 because the ones she was wearing were 10's. Well, as she was admiring her new shorts at Subway, I noticed that the new shorts had an adjustable waist-band. You know, the kind with a button inside the waist-band so you can pull the elastic tighter or let it out.

Anyway, it dawned on me that they were the same style shorts just a different pattern/color. So, I did what any mother would do standing in line at Subway. I reached for the pants she was wearing and pulled at the waist to see if the waist-band was in need of an adjustment.

It turns out the elastic had come off the button, probably in the wash.

So, I adjusted it.

In line at Subway.

As I worked, Aly pleaded with me to stop and looked around to see if anyone, especially anyone she knew, was watching.

And then I adjusted the other side.

For the first time, I managed to completely embarrass my daughter in public. (Now, I may have given her plenty of reasons before this to be embarrassed by me in public, but this is the first time she has actually been embarrassed by me in public.)

And poor Aly has no idea that this is just the beginning.