Aiden: Mommy, you know that the earth is spinning around so slowly that we can't even feel it spinning? You know that?
Me: Oh yeah?
Aiden: Yes. See! *Stands still for about three seconds* We can't even feel it!
Me: I see.
Aiden: The only way we could feel the earth spinning is if we spin around and around and get dizzy. THEN we could feel the earth spinning.This is Aiden. Very funny. Very curious. Very much a critical thinker. Very much a seasoned and quirky five-year-old.
He's turning six this month, and I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on motherhood and raising Aiden and growing pains.
I spend a lot of time planning activities for him -- exposing him to different people, places, and experiences.
I spend a lot of time talking to his teachers and people educating him to be sure that he gets what he needs from them to be his best self everyday. I spend a lot of time thinking about the best educational setting for him and making sure that he gets it.
I spend a lot of time telling him that he has to use his voice to do what's right and that his voice matters. I tell him that he needs to remain calm, cool, and collected when he's speaking because that's how he'll be able to command attention from others.
He listens. Sometimes. (But he forgets sometimes too. After all, he's five.)
But I think about it. Often. (I blame single motherhood and all the statistics that I read about it. Sigh!)
But, something happened as we were walking to his school that morning and having a conversation about the earth's rotation, which Aiden initiated, by the way.
I realized something: I already have a pretty great kid so all I need to do is keep doing what I'm doing.
This single mom journey has been a beautiful struggle thus far -- a lot more ups than downs and a lot more successes and lessons learned than I ever thought possible.
All is well. And Aiden will be just fine.