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>Gratitude Monday: Firsts

March 28, 2011

> There aren’t that many “firsts” anymore.

First steps, first tooth, first smile, first laugh, first clap, first words…they came fast and furious for a while, but now, a bit more rare.

Last night I got to be there for the first time he wrote his own name. It was hard work – his “M” constantly usurped by the pesky “W.” We practiced over and over: “up-down-up-down.” And the “E” – just as mine were before him, a comb of slashes on the single pole – “1, 2, 3, 4, 5!” He would mark them off proudly, beaming. “It’s perfect!” I’d crow – and it was.

Just one more first in a long line of firsts, and maybe not such a big one in the grand scheme…but, it was a big deal to me.

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