I'll follow this post up with some cute pictures we took today. But it will not be the pictures that I will remember about this day.
CC loaded the kids up after church and took us to one of my favorite places to eat....Chinese. It's a bit of a splurge, but it's Mother's Day, and we got the kids to split meals and fill up on extra rice! Our waiter was so friendly. He's been our waiter every time CC and I have gone to eat there on a date. He gave us a couple of free appetizers, wished me a Happy Mother's Day, was just all around nice.
After the kids ate, they went outside to look at the turtle swimming in the stream outside. Firstborn stayed with us to try some Chinese hot tea. Our delightful waiter asked her if she was the 'boss' of all those sisters and brother. We all politely chuckled, said, "Oh yes, she's the abla!" (big sister) He told her if she didn't make enough money looking after them, she could come wash dishes in the kitchen for money. We all politely chucked again, and CC said in Turkish, "Where's the soap!?" ha ha ha. It was all fun and games at that point.
It was time to leave, he shook our hands as we left. Into Firstborn's hand, he placed a tiny folded up note. The baby just turned 13, she didn't have a clue what to do with it. She shrugged and handed it to me. Oh, I knew what it was. I knew. I was once a sweet, little thing like her. About that time, totally unaware of waht had just happened, CC said, "You know I left him the standard tip, but he did give us extra appetizers, should I leave him extra?" I said, "Well, he just gave your oldest daughter a note, most likely with his phone number in it." It didn't take long for CC to decide he'd given him PLENTY of tip!
We were sort of in a state of shock. I mean, she does look older. She is gorgeous. But it was just the first time anything like that has ever happened to one of CC's girls. It's likely not the last.
Anyway, we had some fun with it on the way home. Firstborn giggled so hard, I told her that if only "Mehmet" could see her now, he'd know she is only 13!
And so, on this Mother's Day, I became very, very aware that my little girls are growing up.