The Performance

She leads me by the hand to a child sized chair.  My chair is always facing her imaginary stage. She gives me the gift of impromptu dance performances and elaborate stories told through costume changes and toys. Whatever form they come in – I love my daughter’s living room performances.

She’s created a safe space to act our her emotions.  A place that I am so thankful that she often invites me into.  Today she was Empress Sanjita – gleaned from The Never Ending Story and her friend/local drugstore cashier who patiently answers her questions about life in India.

She is entering Kindergarten in a few weeks and her eyes are opening a bit wider to the world around her.  These moments make me want a mason jar with her name etched in the glass.  A jar in which I can preserve the luminous beauty I see in her immense creativity.  A jar big enough to pinch out elements of her fantasies, her carefreeness and confidence – to bake into her cookies and sprinkle over her oatmeal as she grows older and may need a taste of early childhood.

These moments teach me that right now is what matters most.



  1. what a gorgeous post. You are so wise to realize how precious it is to be part of your little girl's make-believe world. It's such a window into her mind, and how wonderful that you have a blog to capture it all. I jotted down quotes in my calendar book when my boys were little. Now, at 17 and 20, it's amazing to read over.
    Today I felt so sad when I read a mommy blogger call her little girl a jerk in her post, and I'm so glad I stumbled on yours. It made me feel so much better.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

    • Thanks so much for your kind words Leslie. I'm just happy that my little one is comfortable enough to share – it make me believe that she knows that she is loved. I bet that your calendar books are great treasures to you!

  2. I love this post so much, my son does performances for me and it's so special to see how his face lights up when he's expressing himself that way 🙂

  3. Loved reading your eloquent words about your very loved daughter. It make me feel good inside. So wonderful to know how much you love her. Enjoy each and every moment with her. 🙂

  4. This post is so sweet and brilliantly written! Your little girl is beautiful!

  5. What a beautiful post Monica! As a mother with a daughter, I appreciate the idea of “preserving” her creativity and innocence. My kids never cease to amaze me and soften the parts of me that society continues to harden.

  6. So beautifully written. My little girl is also starting Kindergarten in a few weeks and I still cannot believe how fast she is growing. So true- every moment is precious and we must cherish them all.

  7. She is so sweet and beautiful! You're a lucky gal!


  8. What a beautiful daughter and such a sweet post! I'm a new follower 🙂

  9. This made my heart smile!!

  10. i love this. i love your style of writing. beautiful, just like you are, girl.. thanks so much for stopping by via the hop the other day. i am running out to a wedding right now. but i genuinely am looking foward to looking more through your posts… i was captivated by the first one =) i mean that.

  11. Such a sweet, beautiful post that brought a smile to my face! Your daughter seems like such a creative little girl. It's nice to know that you realize these moments are precious and to enjoy every one. Some parents realize this a little too late unfortunately.

  12. Lovely lovely post! I can't wait for my son to start putting on little plays!
    Your daughter is totally adorable!

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