Summer feels like it's almost over. The kids are back in school, the geese are beginning to wind their way south, and the mornings are chilly enough for a sweatshirt. Aidan and Chloe gathered our little neighbor for his first day in kindergarten this morning and walked him to the bus stop. Then they will take him to his teacher to make sure that he avoids any anxiety getting to class. Chloe loves to be in charge. She's like me in that she loves things to be in order and people to be doing what they are supposed to. The youngest child doesn't often get to set the boundaries for the others, so she relishes the opportunities with other kids when she gets to play big sister.
She plays the teacher/mom role very well. (Although her charges are not always as eager to obey as she is to have them obey.) I can remember when she was just a wee little thing in diapers trying to spoon feed Bubba her oatmeal; and washing his hair in the bath while he just continued whatever game he was playing with water and suds running down his face. We took her to try out a new Tae Kwon Do place last night. I think I might have chaffed under the amount of procedure and protocal that needed to be followed. Chloe loved it. She stood straight and tall with a barely repressed smile when she got praised for listening and following orders. (Now, how on earth do I get her that excited to obey at home?!)
My sweet little girl is gonna make a good momma some day.