|Everyone needs a cuddle|
My girl is in this in-between space.
"Mum, I don't need you," she insists. "I can look after myself."
She calls out to me in the middle of the night: "I'm scared... a bear is trying to eat me," she mumbles quietly, sleepily. I stroke her head and look her in the eyes, whispering "You're safe" until she lets her eyes drop again.
It strikes me that it isn't just her in this in-between. It isn't just kids.
We all want to think we can do it on our own. We want independence, space, the ultimate goal of being self-sufficient.
Then the lights go down and the softer reality eases in.
It's okay to let people look out for you. Look after you.
We all need someone to tell us we're safe.