February 25, 2009
I guess it's that time...
There comes a time in your kids life when even a control freak mom has to let go and let her kids figure things out. It's my week to have that lesson. Letting go has never been easy for me and as MB so kindly reminded me a while back, I have never been a laid back mom.
This week was the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet. For dessert at the dinner, and entertainment value, the boys were asked to decorate a cake to enter a contest and then the cakes would be for dessert. I have decorated cakes, cookies, and the like but this was his deal. He thought about it for a while and after looking at some cakes on the internet decided to make a pizza cake. I really really wanted to help him, but this was his job. He did a great job. I did bake the cake and make the frosting, but he did the rest. He used tootsie rolls for sausages, cut marshmellows for mushrooms, dried cocount for cheese and dried mango for red peppers. It was cute, and he won first place and most creative, without my help. Way to go, kiddo.
Next week is science fair. I tried to help him in his first attempt. He decided to make natural plastic. It didn't turn out too well. So, do we try again with the same thing or move on to something else? This seems a bigger deal than cake decorating, but I think it's just one of those times when he gets to step up on his own and try new things without mom. Truthfully I would rather him try and fail at 8 than 18, especially when it seems to be something simple.
It's hard to let go and watch my kids grow up. I guess it's just that time.