Sunday, January 8, 2017

Because She Asked Me To





"Wait," I said looking at the paper Natalie brought home. "You have a choir concert in the morning AND the evening?"

Natalie nodded.

"Which one do you want me to attend?" I asked.

Natalie tilted her head to the side. "Well, both."

I glanced at the paper. "Are you singing and doing the exact same things during both concerts?"

"Yup."

"Then why do I need to be at both?"

Natalie tossed her arms around my waist. "Because I want you to be there." She pressed her cheek against my chest.

My heart melted at that. Look, she's nine, and soon she might not want me around as much. I love that she's still thrilled when I show up for events at her school.

"It's my Mommy," she'll say proudly. She even calls me Mommy in front of her friends. Maybe someday that'll stop. "Oh, yeah. That's my Mom," she might say and then add a roll of her eyes to show her friends that she didn't care one way or another.

But now? She still wants me around. She's growing up fast. I look at her and I see her in various stages of her life.


When she was a baby:





When she always wanted to dress up....



When she learned to ride a bike. She'd get so frustrated but she'd want to keep trying:




When she met her favorite princess Rapunzel for the first time and offered to give Rapunzel her favorite princess crown. (Rapunzel loved it but asked Natalie to keep watching it for her.)



When she started a brand new school:





So yes, I went to both concerts.


One in the morning:



And one in the evening.




Yes, they were exactly the same.



But I went to both..





....because she asked me to.

76 comments:

  1. This is very inspiring and candid. Nothing beats being a mom. Thanks for sharing ;)

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  2. Thank you for sharing your sweet moments! So glad you get to share these special times with her!

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  3. I love this!!! Such sweet memories.

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  4. Love this!! So sweet.. Thankfully my girls still do want me around most of the time.

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  5. Aw!! I'm so glad you did!! It means everything to her. Also I'm so glad she's singing. Music is an awesome hobby!!

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  6. Lovely 😊. I'm sure you didn't regret going to both concerts. She will remember it always. And when she reads this post, it will mean even more to her. Thanks for sharing a piece of your heart with us.

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  7. I am crying :( But happy crying, emotional... So beautiful!

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  8. What a beautiful post!I'm sure she loved that you attended both of her concerts. My daughter is 4 at the moment and I try to go to all of her school things and at home get in as much snuggles as possibe, because I knever know when she will stop asking.

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  9. <3 <3 So sweet. I'm 30 years old and I still want my Mama around ALL the time. So, who knows? She may never reach that phase! ;) Haha.

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  10. So glad you were able to make it to both of your daughter's concerts! It really does mean a lot to them - and it's true that over time they're much less willing to admit they want someone there.

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  11. This post just broke my heart. My little man is 5 and one day, too soon, he'll call me mom and not want me at his concerts.

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  12. It was great that you went to both the concerts. This is what mommies do, stand by your kid when they need you. Cheers!!

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  13. Nathalie was so sweet and who knows that "one day she might not want you around as much" might not happen. If you have strong and healthy family ties that makes your children becomes happy and satisfied then she will always be at your side.

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  14. YES. She's two years older than Scarlet so for years now, I've looked to you two to still have hope that the closeness lasts. So far, so good.
    Scarlet still wants me to walk her to the classroom but her classmates don't want their parents to do it! I'm sticking around!

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  15. This is so sweet, just melted my heart. I am glad you went to both. Definitely enjoy this time. They grow so fast.

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  16. Enjoy them while you can. My younger boys want me to go to school events while the teen can care less

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  17. What a great story & you also got a great blog post from it. You're lucky you could go to both events. I had a hard time getting to daytime school activities an hour from work ... and my younger one still remembers when I was last.

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  18. This is so sweet. You won't regret it and she looks like such a doll :)

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  19. What a great mom you are. And she looks like such a sweetheart!

    Lauren

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  20. Awww that is so sweet, I can not remember the time I stopped calling my mum mommy! Well actually I still call her that.

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  21. What special moments you've captured. I love that you went to both of them, you can be my mom anytime :).

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  22. This is the sweetest thing ever! I'm so glad you went to both. Your daughter is so adorable. I called my Mom "Mommy" all the way into high school and I didn't care what anyone thought about it.

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  23. That is so sweet. Going to both ... of course. At least it was something they rehearsed. I remember once due to a scheduling conflict my son had two T-BALL games in one day, the longest, but most comical, day of my life.

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  24. I love this! sometimes we forget that just being there is what counts because after all she is probably just as nervous for both, it's so great that you went to both!

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  25. You're an awesome mom. I'm sure she's going to always remember those moments.

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  26. Thats awesome!!! she will remember that and treasure it forever.

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  27. What an awesome story! My wife and I have been able to transition to one income and allow me to become a stay at home dad to our two girls since August 2016. I can say that it has been hard, but amazing to be able to spend so much time with them and build such amazing memories into their lives that they will remember for a long time. I'm sure it's hard to meet some of our children's wants sometimes, but you did a great thing!

    I also remember when I was younger and wanted to have my parents at all my wrestling matches just because I felt if they were there, I would do better for some reason! You are her #1 fan! Enjoy it as long as you are able!

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  28. I would have too! When my kids were in productions Thurs, Fri and Sat nights, I went to all three performances. :)

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  29. Awe, such a sweet story. I already feel this way and my babes is only 4 months old. The moments are so fleeting.

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  30. Lol, absolutely I would have went to both as well. I was made however when a few weeks ago I had a concert for one child at 6 and one for another child at 7. I was able to make it to both but my one child had to be at school for her show so she couldn't attend then performance.

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  31. Omg so cute and sweet!!!! It's crazy how fast our little
    Ones grow up! I swear my daughter was just born yesterday and she will be 5 in march!

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  32. Thank you for sharing your precious moments with your daughter. She is so cute! You must be incredibly proud!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  33. This is so sweet! It's crazy how fast our little kids grow. You must be very proud of her! Thanks for sharing this sweet moments

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  34. You are a good mom. They grow up way tooooooo fast.

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  35. She's an adorable and loving little lady. You are doing great raising them and we are proud of you!

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  36. She's an adorable and loving little lady. You are doing great raising them and we are proud of you!

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  37. This sounds so fun. So cool of you to make so much time for your kids. They'll really remember things like that.

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  38. This is a beautiful post! She must have been very happy as you attended both. So sweet that you shared such lovely moments!:)

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  39. This is the cutest post ever and SO important to remember! Thanks for reminding me of that.

    Kaitlyn
    www.mypostpartumlife.com

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  40. Lol. I completely understand about doing things because someone asked you too. Even though I am not a parent, anytime my siblings or fiance ask me to do something even if it is twice I always accommodate. I think it is amazing you went to both, I am sure she thought it was wonderful that you attended!

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  41. What a beautiful post! So poignant... I bet it made her day that you went to both of her shows.

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  42. Aw how sweet! They grow up so fast, don't they. Our youngest will be 8 soon, and my eldest will be 17! They will always be babies to me. :)

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  43. Love this post! It's so sweet that she wants you there for both...! You're a great mama!!

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  44. Aww, what a wonderful post! And yes, they do grow up so fast. Kind of reminds me of The Middle - the very exact opposite of this!

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  45. This is so sweet! As a mother, we are always proud of being mom in our children and I'm really glad that you're one of that. Well, job done!

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  46. Aww! You can never turn down a request like that especially when they tell you why! I think it's really sweet and you're right, you need to savor the moments when they still ask for you.

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  47. That is so sweet and you are right to treasure the time that you have with her because you don't know how long it will last. Glad you enjoyed it x

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  48. So sweet! I probably wouldn't offer to attend twice, but if they asked I would do it. My kids don't have a lot of performances during school that parents are invited to.

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  49. ha ha I had 4 sittings this Xmas as they have an afternoon and evening one and the kids like me at all of them

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  50. This literally has me crying. I think it's so amazing that you went to both, way to go momma! My son is only 1.5 right now, but maybe one day he'll ask me to go to all of his recitals and I'l say yes too.

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  51. This is so sweet! I would definitely have done the same thing for my son is he would have asked me to come to both.

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  52. So fun watching the kids grow up before your eyes!

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  53. She is such a cutie! That is the best reason in the world to go because she asked you to and she wanted you too. Those are moments that they never forget.

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  54. I think it's really sweet that she asked you to go to both her performances. I'm sure she was amazing in both and it's nice that she shows that she still needs you. I live for moments like those as a mom!

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  55. A mothers love post. I cant wait to have kids so I can share this kind of love its beautiful.

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  56. She is very pretty and obviously talented girl! I will choose to go on all concerts. :)

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  57. That is so sweet of her, it was a good choice that you went to two concerts because she will treasure it growing up.

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  58. That is so sweet. You are a really good mom I wish I could be a great mother like you

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  59. As a parent this is exactly what I would do.

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  60. What a sweet story ~ you're such a sweet mom! Yes to go both and support her as much as you can! You'll miss these days and want them back desperately trust me I do, I have 3 grown children and miss those tender sweet moments!

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  61. Your daughter knew just what to say:) Nothing beats Mommy beign there even when they get older. My 15 year old who plays traveling basketball would be heartbroken if I ever missed a game. Moms ROCK!!

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  62. As moms you know it like that! More than one event or sport at the same time and you don't want to say no, of course. You did well juggling that day, great job mom.

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  63. Aw this put a smile on my dial. I remember being so excited that my parents were coming to my concerts. You sound like you have a fantastic relationship with your daughter.

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  64. so sweet that you showed up for both, im 27 years old and i still want my parents to go to my presentations, so im sure she will always want you around

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  65. That is so heart warming story! I hope she will always be proud to have her amazing mum beside her! Best Wishes, Iga www.igaberry.com

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  66. This is really important. She will never forget your support. I know that I still look forward to seeing my parents support me, even though I am getting my PhD and I'm married. It's just that special bond. :)

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  67. What a darling little munchkin! These precious moments will shape her way of going through life. You're on the right track to being her ultimate hero, especially later on! :)

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  68. What a lovely story! I'm sure she was glad to have you at both concerts! The kids grow so fast and we should cherish all these moments when we are so important to them! :)

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  69. Let kids be proud raving about their parents, in school or in public. Somehow its they way of being and feeling secured, and also well, being proud because you giys are doing great work with them. Kudos for all parents.

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  70. Very sweet. I love short little vignetters about family life. Thank you for sharing.

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  71. its a cycle, we love them and they show love back to us. am not a parent but i think i can relate to this perfectly well.

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  72. how can you say no to such a cute & pecious request ❤ so adorable how proud shebis of her mom

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  73. Awww! So nice how you went to both concerts. Cant wait to be a mum and do all these cute things.

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  74. This is so sweet. I'm glad you chose to go to both because she wanted you to; the relationship between a mother and daughter, especially when they're young, is so important. I'm glad you two are so close!

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