Tuck: "Which one? Dragonfly, Dragonfly Show Us the Way?"
Me: "Yep. That's the one."
Tuck: "Are you nervous to read in front of a bunch of people?"
Me: "A little bit."
Tuck: "Well, when I was trying out for the talent show, I was super nervous. You told me how to keep my belly from being all crazy. Remember? Just take deep breaths. Then you won't be so nervous. And think of something funny. Like when I toot."
Me: "Excellent suggestions. Thanks!"
Tuck: "Oh, and remember that I think you're the best Mama ever."
Me: *puddle on the floor*
It's such a rewarding feeling when YOU are the one that helps your kids through their anxiety. YOU are the one that makes them feel better. YOU are the one they run to for a comforting hug. YOU are the one that scares away the monsters. YOU are the one that can redirect them when something sparkly distracts them. YOU are the one they can act out with, be horrible to and know YOU are the one who will still kiss them goodnight. Every. Single. Time. YOU are the one they look to when they question their own ability. YOU are the one that tells them it's okay to jump. YOU are the one who watches them fall. YOU are the one who's there to help them up. YOU are the one that believes in them more than they believe in themselves.
And THEY, THEY are the ones that make all your dreams come true.