Monday, November 28, 2011

Me and Her (and Her New Shoes)



On Saturday, the big kid scored a new pair of shoes. Even though she is not the kind of kid to care many hoots what she wears, she is utterly chuffed to the back teeth over these shoes.



On Sunday, I cleared time and headspace and me and my girl and my girl’s new shoes, spent the day in town.



We Markit-ed and we traversed the entire city grid in search of an elusive ukelele,



showed her shoes some sights,



hung out and drank hot chocolate.



When we’d finished doing all that we thought up some other things that her new shoes might like



to try.



As I type this, I’m wearing a broad grin on my face. Truthfully, I’m also blinking back a tear or two (bazillion).

Next week, my girl turns ten. I don’t think I’ve really mentioned how tough nine has been, for every one. A veritable baptism of parenting fire.

Yesterday, away from all the usual, I stepped back and I saw something different. I suspect she stepped back and saw me differently too. Yesterday was a magic balm, soothing our battle scars.

In the train, on the way home, her and her new shoes insisted on standing. She wanted to see if she could stay on her feet for the whole journey without holding on once.

Of course she did.



Look at her there, standing on her own two feet. Doing just fine, Mum.

65 comments:

Mrs Smith said...

Yessiree!

mel @ loved said...

I love her new shoes! Nine is an unexpected battle, was for us for sure! Yesterday sounds really lovely, a bit of one on one time is good medicine..x

Nikki said...

And Mamma's doing a mighty fine job of the parenting. Here's to more balmy days.

One Flew Over said...

10 sounds like it is the new 13.

Kids (girls especially) are growing up so fast these days!

Here's to more balmy days with your biggest x

trudi@maudeandme said...

Ah so it the same for 9 year old girls too. My son is 9 (turning16 it seems). We have many a battles. Glad there is light. Sounded like a fab day.

Kirsty said...

Sweet girl.

I hope 10s good to you all.

Just so you know...ukes are available in Kew...I could purchase on your behalf (but not post).

K
x

Angus in Northcote said...

and her blog on the day said roughly the same thing.

BOB & MABEL said...

What a lovely post. My big girl is 10 in a few weeks and I would love to hang out with her for the whole day, just us. 9 has been a big tricky for us too, I'm guessing it will only get trickier!

Flaming Nora said...

Gulp, sniff, you will have me feeling teary too soon.
Though I now have a vague sense of dread as we are about to head in to 9, and 8 has been bad enough!

flowerpress said...

Funny isn't it, I think 10 was bad, but 13 has been remarkably smooth. ?, not what I expected.
Glad to hear you also drop the odd (bazillion) sentimental tears in this gig, but I think I knew that :-)

Tammi said...

I love having dates with my girl too away from the busy-ness of life. The pre-teen years were pretty smooth sailing for us but this year as a 13 yo has held many trials and tribulations that I am hoping for an easier run next year.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

SuperMum, SuperKid, SuperShoes.

Heleen Groot said...

Love the shoes! My dad used to give my sister (with three relentlessly growing up) the following reassuring thought: Puberty is horrible...it also lasts for a long time. But if you wait patiently, it will end! Hope you and your girl have lots of balmy days ahead!

teddybearswednesday said...

How utterly precious.
xo
PS But every girl no matter HOW old always needs their mum
PPS i think you're doing a might fine job.
PPPS is that her first pair of cons? ( there's something spesh about that first pair)

ally said...

Red shoes make everything better!
We are just embarking on 9 - no one told me it was going to be hard
Hope 10 is fab for all of you

Tas said...

Gosh, click the heels of those beautiful red heels together and go anywhere you want. I'd love a pair of them too.

Glad that you survived the year. I have a turning-nine year old next year and suddenly I am afraid. Especially as he is the one of the three who I already butt heads with. Sigh. Kids just tug at your heart from the moment that they are born.

I am so glad that you had a wonderful day together.

That photo set is magnificent, by the way.

Naturally Carol said...

I hope your new found break in hostilities lasts a while at least until you're equipped with a new arsenal of techniques and wisdom. But whether this day was a one off or a real change for the better, it certainly is one worth remembering for both of you and a unique experience for those red shod feet.

Tanya said...

We are in the middle of 9 at the moment. We seem to be experiencing alot of tears at times. Here's to your girl turning 10. You know what- I was in that very city myself on Sunday and I wish I was looking out for those lovely red shoes because I would have winked at you both across the room as you drank your hot chocolates x

leslie said...

man, i'm having trouble with THREE, don't know if we'll even both make it to ten...

gorgeous little photo journal of your day : )

Sheridan said...

Gorgeous post!

Cass said...

Love the shoes but now you have me scared about 9 we have got that coming up next year.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

An outing , just the two of you together , is always lovely .... sometimes you both just need to get away from the daily hassles .
All three of my daughters had an age where I would cheerfully have strangled them . For one it was 15 , another 4 and another her first year . Luckily they all survived ... as did I .

Karen said...

What a fine day you, the girl and the shoes had. Glad to hear that things are turning a corner. And I think your kid has great taste in shoes - I have the same pair!!

clare's craftroom said...

Gorgeous shoes , gorgeous girl and gorgeous mum !

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

What a brilliant post. I need to do the same with my miss almost 8. We're finding that tough enough.

Christine said...

What a priceless day - thanks for sharing with us!

Christine xo

Banaghaisge said...

A Mum and her Girl day is a great thing to do. Make a habit of it, do good stuff - like this! Thanks for sharing your day, lovely photos, too.
Hugs, xxxx
PS Lots of ukes in Castlemaine - want me to bring one down this weekend?

Posie Patchwork said...

I think we need to do a blog group post on those of us who had babies in 2001. I have a couple of sweet Converse wearing 10 year old girls at my place too. They do care what they wear, the love colour & accessories, they rock coloured shoes, as do i, maybe i make it seem normal. Happy birthday in your household, love Posie

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

Ten is an awesome age. 2001 was a good year for girls. Fine vintage. I remember wanting to be 10 forever, seemed unnecessary to get any older.

june at noon said...

Those are some pretty fantastic shoes. And it looks like they've had quite a time already. (Really great photos!) Happy birthday to your not-so-little girl!

Sally said...

Red converse are the best!

Fer said...

Bless her! Them shoes were made for walkin'!

Lola Nova said...

Love this post!

and I think I might need a new pair of red shoes to take out on the town myself.

Deb said...

I think my heart cracked a little reading this post, and tears leaked from my eyes. Parenting is one tough assignment isn't it, but finding a day of truce is like gold.

LimeRiot said...

What a lovely outing for all 3 of you. Thank you for sharing.

Magic Bean said...

Gulp. Thank you for being so open about such a personal and magical time.
Hope your week continues to be sparkly and smiley, Ax

ERGANI weaving said...

Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing this with us. My first daughter is nine and I can feel what you mean!

Sue said...

What a fabulous day. You're creating good memories she'll have for the rest of her life.

Suse said...

Oh, nine is hard work. For them and us.

Here's to TEN!

Beck said...

Looks like we both have had some good times with our nine-soon-to-be-ten year olds lately! I loved this post, for lots of reasons, and mainly because I get where you are coming from. Loved it actually, loved x

rex said...

I know exactly what you mean. Continual Transitions, its so hard to keep up. I love the red shoes.

Bee Girl said...

Oh, what a beautiful day!

innercitygarden said...

Our ukeleles came from the Vic Market pharmacy, it was a while ago but might be worth a try if you can't find one closer to home.

Kate said...

I've got goose bumpy things.
Just gorgeous.
I think the biggest has a tough role. They have to teach us how to do it all. Man it's a roller coaster. My now eleven year old has me clinging on for dear life a lot of the time. xx

Theresa said...

A wonderful post. I understand.

Loopsta said...

So Joyous..... have to say I've very much looking forward to such times with my very nearly five year old!! Such frowns & moodiness surely isn't meant to be on one so young.
Yay for 10!!!! Totally standing on her own two feet! Lucky she's had you to keep her upright for so long! XXXXXXXX

floatingink said...

Brava for you and her. Some years are just like that. At our house it was 14, but 17 (knock wood) has been a beautiful year. So far. And next year she'll have flown the coop. Tissues, you said?

Would love to know what those pointy-toed people are.

Jo James said...

Beautiful post!
Beautiful girl!
Hooray for being 10!
(If 9 has been hard, buckle up for the teenage years.)

Stomper Girl said...

That brought a little tear to my eye Tania. Beautiful. I love how kids set themselves challenges like that. Good luck for 10. I've found 10 to be a wonderful year for my boy, the start of maturity.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Loved that post... Love it.

heather said...

shoes can be healing. especially red ones.

it is one of the biggest reliefs i know, to come back into an easy flow with the ones we love the most, after being in rough choppy waters for a while. max is 9 1/2. it has been hard. this gives me hope. i am looking forward to his next pair of shoes. !!!!

Loz and Dinny said...

My Mum bought me a pair of the EXACT same red shoes when I moved back from my first overseas job. I was 24. I still remember those shoes. I loved them... and strangely enough, I cannot think of the shoes without thinking of my Mum. Sorry. Random. Parenthood is some trip, eh?

Planet Penny said...

What a brilliant post! The photos are fab, and well it also brought tears to my eyes...Congratulations to you both for the big birthday! xxx

Kylie said...

This is the most beautiful post - love it :) My Little One went through the same thing, still is actually. Going through the next standing on own feet stage here too... my big girl just started her first job - checkout chick at the IGA up the road... proud face :) Kx

ZippyZippy said...

Beautiful post and beautiful shots, sounds like a great day out

quirky granola girl said...

cute shoes! beautiful photos. my guy is just 2.5--thanks for the reminder to not take these days of endless repetition for granted.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

nice post Tania- a lovely reminder of the benefits of one on one time. I like those days with just Busy and I doing our thing. They are getting easier now. I am cherishing them as ( lip quivering) school is only weeks away....

Amanda said...

I would love to go on a photo walk with you...That being said your daughter is adorable and love those shoes too. As far as the age thing goes. My oldest daughter is almost 14 and we are getting closer with time. My 15yr old son. Not so much...Idk if it is a boy thing but I am so over him lol..Happy Birthday to her!!!

Julia said...

Very nice red shoes, indeed, and the photos are so fun and creative. Lovely post.

Alisa said...

What a great post Tania *typing with a lump in my throat realizing I have that ahead of me too*
I'm so with her on the shoes, they look fab, particularly in that first shot. : )

Conny's Cottage said...

Ha...great photos!
I like it.

greatings send you Conny

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh Mrs T, you say everything so perfectly!
hope you & the gang had an awesome chrissy and will have an even more fabulous new year.
hugs ♥

Kaylovesvintage said...

missing you and wishing you a good 2012

Vic said...

Missing your posts Tania! Happy New Year!

today i said...

I really enjoyed this post!