I remember it like it was yesterday… well because it was. October 27th 2014.
Throughout the day I thought I heard Ari say the N-word. But there are lots of things I think he says that of course he doesn’t, so I didn’t think much of it.
Until later in the day… there was no denying it.
I was talking to my mom on the phone and she asked to speak to Ari. I called him over and he trotted to me — cheeks giggling with every step. I place the phone to his face and he said it!
He said it. With force. He said it with passion. He said it with a head swing!
My sweet boy said NO. He said NO and he meant it!
Things suddenly got real. My heart broke. My God, he is his own person …
Now begins a lifetime ahead of power struggles my baby is growing up.
I pray that I can support his will and his independence as he embarks on this next phase of life :(.
I’m such a sap — I know…
That. Is. All.
Do you remember when your toddler first said no?