This is chubby cat. It’s Caylin’s newest addition to her stuffed animal collection. You might look at this and just see “a stuffed cat,” but when I look at it I see SO much more.
I see the last bits + pieces of the little girl that’s inside of her. She’s growing up so fast and not really interested in “little girl” things anymore, but these stuffies … she still loves them and so I’m holding onto her childhood just a little bit longer. It’s so bittersweet.
Having a teenage daughter is a new adventure for me. It’s hard, emotional, wonderful, messy and beautiful all wrapped up in one. I’m so proud of the young lady she is becoming, but there are days that I long for the little 5-year-old that would sing sweet songs, want to pick out a hot wheels car and loved to draw hearts and smiley faces. So chubby cat is more than a stuffed animal to me. It’s more time cherishing the fact that my little girl isn’t that little anymore, but thankfully she still loves a few little girl things.
I’ll take it.