Last week, I had our respite gal watch Luke so I could take John Michael to the park.
Just the two of us.
We had such a great time, soaking in the sunshine after weeks of rain and cold weather.
I was reminded at how important we are for each other. He still needs me to help him navigate the playground when he's unsure about some of the play equipment.
But he also showed me how independent he's become at preschool and that it's OK for me to let go of his hands and let him do it all by himself sometimes.
That look of pride in accomplishing something like walking across the wobbly bridge without holding on...
Of course, he still needs me... even if only to push him in the swing.
But other times, I'm learning to let go a bit and let him climb by himself until he reaches out his hands and says, "Hullp!"