I've been prepping all sorts of lovely posts lately. But I had my proudest mama moment the other night and it simply trumps everything.
MJ shared with me. We were sitting on our patio soaking in the hot-hot-heat, while MJ sat on my lap eating Cheerios out of a bowl in my hand. I was curious if she would give me any. So I opened my mouth and went "Ahhh" ala-dentist style. She looked confused at first. Why does Mom want my Cheerios? But after a moment of scrunched-up-face-pondering she crammed her grimy little baby hand in my mouth. It wasn't easy to eat Cheerios this way, and I understand why half end up on the floor. But? But? MORE importantly, she shared.
So then we spent the rest of the bowl sharing. She would put some in my mouth, I would put some in her mouth. It was such a HUMAN moment. Vito would NEVER have shared his food with me if I asked. Rolling over: cool. Sitting up: alright. Crawling: entertaining. But sharing? It's the first on a long road to the real person we're raising. Perhaps she's been capable of this for a while and I just didn't realize it, but it made me all glowy inside.
I shared this story with Grandma (and everyone I know, really); she raised doubts that this can really be considered sharing. It's not sharing if it's Mom, apparently. But I don't care, I'm going to insist on thinking my child is capable of empathy.