Future Plans

The other day while I was walking my 6-year-old to school, she started asking me about college. Things like what did you learn when you went to college, when I go to college where am I going to sleep, and what about you and daddy – where are you guys going to be?

I told her that I studied fashion, that she might have a dorm room or an apartment, and that mommy and daddy were going to be at home. She then replied with , “I can’t wait to go to college! Then I can have my own room just like you did!” And that is when I wished I had a magic wand to stop time.

Every day she impresses me more and more with all that she knows. I can definitely see how my husband and I have influenced her in certain (mostly geeky) things, but she is carving out her own amazing path. One in which she extends kindness to everyone she meets and shines like the brightest star in the sky.

She’s only six and while the days can sometimes seem long, the years fly by. I want to hold on to these moments for just a little longer. The ones when she dances so carefree in the kitchen while I’m getting dinner ready. When she laughs uncontrollably at Baymax with her sister. When it’s still okay for me to give her a hug when I drop her off at school.

I know I can’t stop her from growing up, but if she happens to go abroad for college, I may have to consider moving.*

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

*Just kidding. I think. Or maybe not.