There’s something about a daughter that’s sobering for her mother.

When I see mine, I remember me at her age. But more than remember, I realize that girl who resonates with my daughter is still there. She didn’t get left behind like they taught me in the stages of human development.

Girlhood is the foundation on which you build your womanhood.

Childhood isn’t like the skin a snake leaves behind when it sheds. A season that served its purpose, but now it’s over—so on to the next.

No, as Chrystal Evans Hurst puts it, She’s Still There. You’re all grown up, but the girl in you still has needs. And she still acts out when those needs go unmet, only now in adult ways.

What do you, I mean, does she want exactly? Well, the little girl in you wants the same thing every girl wants.

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