When I got home from the office the other day, my daughter was down the street playing with a friend, and my son and my husband were at home. As I walked through the door my son said to me, "mom, she (my almost 6 year old daughter) can ride her two wheeler!" I looked at my husband and said, "no way, really?" "Yep." My eyes immediately filled with tears and I whispered, "I missed it".
A short time later my daughter came home. When she saw me, she got very excited, got the biggest smile on her face I have ever seen and said, "mommy, I can ride my bike with no training wheels" in the excited squeal that she has mastered. I did not let on that I had already been given this piece of information, and my son and husband did not let on either. "No way", I said, "show me". We went outside and sure enough the little peanut hopped on her bike and off she rode down the sidewalk! I laughed and clapped and cheered. She rode and laughed and smiled and yelled "look at me mommy"! It was a truly magical and heartwarming moment. She was so very proud of herself and I was so very proud of her too. When we went back inside she called her grandma to share the news. The smiles and giggles and squeals were priceless, and we got the whole thing on video.
I had tears in my eyes once again, because I realized I hadn't "missed it" at all, it had been given to me as a wonderful, happy gift.