As a mom, this picture is bittersweet. MeiLin broke her arm the first day of first grade this year.
By the time I picked her up at school, she was in shock and alternated between crying quietly, moaning and unconsciousness.
But, she was brave...more so than I thought she could be...and strong. And, yet, she completely needed us to be there, to love her, to surround her.
Our kids do much to surprise us. The only guarantee in parenting seems to be that we must daily reset our expectations.
MeiLin's arm is healed now and she cherishes the bear the hospital nurse gave her. I cherish these photographs snapped with my cell phone. I know that someday soon she will be grown and we won't be as needed for awhile. The memories will remain...and maybe even that blankie!