I stepped out the garage door in time to see her twisting lug nuts off the rear left tire. “I’m helping Daddy!” she announced proudly.
At first I wasn’t real sure that her daddy knew the 6 year-old was “helping,” but he soon appeared from the other side of the truck and told her she was doing a good job.
As she struggled to pull the tire off by herself, I stepped over to help her.
I guess my technique wasn’t up to par, because she was soon telling me to get a better hold of it. “Don’t worry, Mommy, it’s just grease. It will wash off,” she assured me. When the little girl who dresses in tutus to rake leaves and has to have her clothes match just so tells you that, you just have to roll up your sleeves and get the job done right.
Once the tire was off she started rolling it over to its new position, proud as she could be.
My favorite moment was when her little brother came out and wanted to help roll it. Somehow it got away from them and started racing down the little hill next to our driveway, crashing into the tree line, while they both ran as fast as they could to try to catch it. The 3 of us rolled it back up the hill, and I found myself wishing I had the video camera out.
She was right, the grease did wash off. But the memory of my daughter helping Daddy rotate the tires, THAT is going to be something her daddy and I remember for a long, long time.
Do you have a recent parenting moment you want to remember? I’d love to hear about it!