I took Froggy ice skating and she ran into an old friend from preschool. We'd been skating hand-in-hand for an hour, having a great mommy/kiddo day. The second she met up with her friend this was our conversation:
Froggy: Mommy, leave me alone. I'm dependent.
Me: I think you mean independent.
Froggy: Which one means I don't need you anymore?
Froggy: Then that's what I am.
The irony of course is that she NEEDED me to tell her that she's independent. Right? It was a cold day on that rink. A cold day indeed.
Actually, I am so proud everytime she doesn't need me. It means I'm doing something right. And at the end of the day, she's back in my arms, telling me to rub her back and hum, like I have since she was a babe. My dependent, independent little Frog.