I picked the girls up from school/daycare and was asked to pick up my brother-in-law up from the train station. Hubs' brother is 14. So with the girls in tow, I headed down and picked him up. He asked me if I could drive his friend home too, so I said sure and they hopped in.
On the way home the boys were talking about their groups they had in class for some project they were working on. They proceeded to say who was in eachother's groups, and then one of them said "oh, and we have so and so...NERD" and they rolled their eyes and laughed. They were clearly outing this particular girl and thought nothing of her other than she was a "loser".
Right after they were finished saying that, Eve pipes in and says "I have a prep playground and I love playing on the monkey bars". What she said was totally un-related to any conversation anyone was having and was so innocent. All she could talk about was how she likes playing on the monkey bars.
In those few moments my eyes opened up to whats coming for me.
Theres only 9 years between bro-in-law and Eve. In 9 years my baby will be past talking about monkey bars and will be discussing the cool kids that are in her groups.
I totally remember doing that when I was 14. At that age you are best friends with someone one day and then not the next. There was obvious kids in my school that weren't part of certain groups. The boys were just doing what normal 14 yr olds do, but I couldn't get over the changes that are to come my way.
Eve is now in Prep and bordering near the end of the school year. She will be in grade 1 next year and I feel like i've lost my baby. I want to hold on to her forever and freeze her monkey bar talking self just the way she is RIGHT NOW.