Last month, Emma got her ears pierced. She is currently as tall as my chin. She wears a size 5 shoe. She gets confused and upset when the boys at school act like 9- and 10-year-old boys.
My girl is growing up. I can tell puberty is coming- it's not here yet, but I have a feeling it's lurking just beyond the horizon. I need a pause button so I can stop and catch my breath.
I remember adolescence, and I'm not sure I'm ready to weather that storm again, even from the other side.