Ever since Annie lost her front two teeth (adorable little snagglepuss) she has been worried (read: obsessed, fanatical, freaking out) about losing her other teeth or when will she get her new ones.
Since the tooth fairy was dispatched early due to a play ground accident, she is going to have to wait quite a while for those new teeth. Although I have her convinced her teeth seeds have been planted and she just has to wait for them to bloom and feed them with toothpaste. (Don’t judge…it was an explanation that worked at 2am)
Thanks to commercial marketing, the girls have been seeing Christmas stuff out for months but understand that we have to wait until winter before Santa can come. (Because the only clothes he owns are snow clothes and he can’t deliver in August because he has no clothes to wear. Also reindeer won’t fly unless the air is cold because it makes them faster…again…don’t judge)
Today we had a rain storm that began to blow leaves off the trees. Annie asked why do the trees have to lose their leaves? I told her that means Winter is coming and then the trees will get new leaves in the Spring. Excited faces began to cheer the leaves off the trees so Winter would hurry up and Santa would get here.
“So my teeth are like the leaves?”
Hot-dog-diggity-dog…she GETS it!
“Yes, Annie. Just like you lost your teeth but will get new ones; the trees have to lose their leaves to get new ones.”
“Christmas comes after the trees lose their leaves and I grow up after I lose my teeth.”
They wandered off to find something to do and left me looking at the swirling leaves in the puddle on the patio. It reminded me that just like leaves and teeth, sometimes loss is necessary to usher in change.Every season in our lives has a purpose. Even the cold, biting winds. Even the trees barren of their leaves.
Letting go frees your hands to hold something new.