I always thought pride in your child was so narcissistic. I’ve tried to tease out why it feels narcissistic – something about it being related to oneself? The accomplishments or doings of another being a reflection of another? I’m not sure what it is exactly to be honest, but there was always something about the whole ‘pride’ thing that never sat well with me. But! I over-analyze! All the time, all.the.freaking.time – give me a pail with dirt in it and I’ll have a field day!
So, you know, it could just very well be me.
As Moxie grows I start to notice and think about all the things about her that I love. And I start to notice and think about all of the things that she does that I admire, or things that she does that I would like to do but am usually too chickenshit to.
Like when Moxie goes into the forest and wants to climb trees.
Or when she heads on up and over, saying “Dora!” because yes, Moxie wants to be AN EXPLORER!
Or when she discovers a little tree cave and wants to climb in?
All of these create in me this funny feeling that I recognize as “pride”. It *IS* kind of narcissistic: I do feel the call to claim loudly,
that girl there? Yeah? SHE IS MY DAUGHTER!!!
I want to add stuff about how I produced her, ME! ME! But I know Mikey feels the same way that I do about Moxie and her fearlessness so I wouldn’t want to hog all the credit. Especially since neither of us really has the same stuff she does. Maybe together we do though.
Yeah, actually, together we probably do.
But OH! I’m so proud of her!
Proud of who she is, proud of how she’s growing into herself. Proud of her skills, proud of her verve. Even when she’s getting into fifty million things that she shouldn’t – teaching MacQ nuggets like sliding down stairs, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! – I still feel that sense of pride because if there is one thing this girl has in spades, it’s moxie.
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