My little girl is not a toddler anymore, and it’s all Taylor Swift’s fault. No, my mind is not playing tricks on me. No, my 4-year-old hasn’t actually met Swifty. No, I’m not off my meds. But yes, yes, yes, a transformation has occurred, and yes, I am passing the buck onto the princess of pop.
Let’s backtrack a little. In the months leading up to my daughter Matilda’s recent fourth birthday, both my wife and I witnessed our toddler turning into a little girl. She’s now less of a really big baby that talks and more like a kid you’d see at a big school in a uniform. It’s like Eric from the Bananaman cartoons where plain old Eric eats a banana, and an amazing transformation occurs. Only in our story, the instigator was a pop star.
It happened one weekday afternoon. The lounge room radio was on Hit 103.1, naturally, and T-Swiz’s song, Delicate, came on, a catchy tune that we’ve played many times, commercial radio seems to do that. I walked in on her singing and kind of dancing, and during the second chorus she hit me with the bombshell; a dance move where she was shaking her hips with all the sass of Beyoncé Knowles on stage at Coachella. It was incredible. It looked choreographed, and it most certainly was not the dance move of a toddler. My baby girl had grown up.
Of course, there were other signs leading up to this hip shaking incident. Matilda has full blown conversations now. Sure, the subject matter doesn’t extend far beyond unicorns, rainbows and Emma the yellow Wiggle but they are conversations none the less. Plus, there is the way she walks, acts and even eats. It’s all a heap more grown up, and it happened in the blink of an eye (or chorus of a Taylor Swift song).
When Matilda was born, I cringed when people told me to take it all in because they grow up so quickly. It seemed obvious and kind of cheesy. Turns out though they were 100 per cent correct! What they didn’t tell me though was that this realisation would hit me in the form of a Beyoncé like hip shake to a T-Swiz song!
Happy Birthday my little one. Keep going the way you are, and you’ll be the sweetest little girl Townsville has ever produced, in my eyes anyway.
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