My firstborn is a whole decade old. We had a low key day. We went to the western store and bought a new pair of boots and a new riding helmet. I resisted buying a pair for me. We went to the book store and bought some dairy free ice cream.
I kept thinking of the song by Kenny Chesney,
"Don't blink, You're six years old and you take a nap,
and you wake up and you're 25 and
your high school sweetheart becomes your wife. Don't blink."
It goes by so fast. She is my most challenging to parent. She's not a brat but quite the opposite. She's sensitive, right brained, creative, a dreamer with her head constantly in the clouds. She dances and sings a lot. She's probably what someone would call weird because of how creative her mind is. And I love that. I'm constantly pulling her back to the ground during school which often leads to tears. She does not like school. I'm polar opposite of her and I try to not let my personality dominate or squish hers. I try to give her plenty of time to imagine and create. To dance and sing. To go out with the animals and play. To raid my recycling bin and make endless messes making doll furniture. It's what makes her her.
After parenting her for 10 years I'm constantly changing my parenting style and she's constantly changing me to see what's important in life. More love and less hustle.