Will and Kate’s royal wedding… in yarn. (Found on Twitter—click through to see the original tweet.)
My five-year-old daughter, newly graduated from kindergarten, is cleaning the kitchen sink. She took on the task voluntarily and is utterly absorbed in it. She’s been at this five-minute task for half an hour; the sink has never been cleaner, but she’s too fascinated with it to leave off now.
I have laundry to take care of and need to take a bathroom break in any case. I have a habit of giving her a heads-up when I leave the room because if I don’t she’ll soon come looking for me.
“I’ll be right back, honey.”
“Okay! I bet I won’t need you!”
I smile. She is still often adorable, but she’s growing into more than that. She is growing up. She is smart and capable, when she wants to be. She makes a big show of clinging to adults sometimes, and she usually knows her own limitations, but when she forgets that she’s a “little kid” she can become this wonderfully independent person.
Sometimes. I mean, she’s still five. And independence means deciding to wash the sink and doing a pretty good job with it, but it also means developing some serious Attitude sometimes about what she wants and the way things should happen. I’m not sure I would use the word “wonderfully” in those situations.
All in all, though… She amazes me.
All I have to do is make sure the cable is a multiple of 4 stitches wide, and then knit it in 1x1 rib? And it’s magically reversible? Seriously?
And a cherry on top. I don’t know why. These were for my daughter’s Daisy Scout troop, and she wanted to put cherries on top, and I said, “…eh, why not?”
When I mentioned we would be making these, I got a few “oooh, are you going to make that from scratch?” That’s not sarcasm I’m trying to transcribe, it’s genuine awe. Yes, I made them from scratch — but I think the massive number of cake mixes available has fooled people into thinking that making cupcakes from scratch is some really difficult, mystical thing. It’s not. It took me a little longer than a mix would have, and probably cost a little bit more in ingredients — but not much of either. And there aren’t weird magic ingredients, either; the only thing in these cupcakes that isn’t also in a chocolate chip cookie is the lemon.
I should mention that my batch of batter, made as directed, would have made more like 3 dozen if I hadn’t decided 2 dozen was already ridiculously overdoing it for a troop of probably about half a dozen girls and just stopped scooping batter when I got to 2 dozen.