Before our Valley Fair trip last Sunday, I always accompanied our little Izzy on the rides at the Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. Paul and I felt a very strange loneliness when finally she left us at the kid's train station at Valley Fair to go for a 7-minute "toot-toot" ride, by herself! The train went somewhere, we could not even see her. That's the worse part of it. We had no idea whether she remained seated or got frantic looking for us. But when her train arrived, she looked very calm and happy. Oh, how we missed her! We felt so relieved to see her again after 7 minutes, which felt like 7 years, of solid anxiety. How I wish time crawls slowly and not flies so we can enjoy every long second with her by our side. But maybe I'll have to learn to accept and say "kids grow up so fast". I'm just so thankful that I get to be with her almost every hour since she was born.