Toddler Head Banging to College

My daughter is starting college classes today. The family walked the campus with her last Saturday and she was this cute, redheaded bundle of excitement and nerves. And at one point, when we were walking upstairs, I looked at her and had this flashback of her at two years-old; sitting in a car seat between us in the front of the pick-up we drove then. She liked the little, plastic dolls that came in McDonald’s Happy Meals—called them dawbies—and she’d have one clutched in each hand. (Her favorite had little hearts and stars in the feet that worked as hole punches.) When a rock song came on, her blonde curls bounced all over the place as she head banged in that car seat.

It’s hard to explain the feelings that come over you when you have that sort of vivid flashback at such a time. You’re watching this grown-up who just yesterday was a little girl who cuddled in your lap and sucked her thumb to calm herself down. Emotions tangle inside. Faint sadness for the baby years that are long gone, excitement for her and the life she’s getting ready to lead…pride and so much love, it replaces all the air in your lungs.

Life moves, shifts, and before you know it, the next part is here. Enjoy it. 🙂

Alex and Me


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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4 Responses to Toddler Head Banging to College

  1. Awwww. You both look so cute. Taylor and Megan both start their senior year this year. Can’t believe it. But, Nikala is in her second year of nursing school. Time flies, and flies.

  2. Terri says:

    NOOOO, say it isn’t so!! I can’t believe she’s already in college!!

  3. Mine is starting Kindergarten in a couple weeks. I cannot even fathom college (even though she’ll most likely be attending the uni I work at – 75% tuition discount).

    Time is a messed up thing.

  4. relliott4 says:

    Strugglingwriter, it moves fast. So, so fast. 😉

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