Stay up later.
to see if they will topple or s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
We watch, wonder, worry.
What do we let go, and what do we rein in?
We delight in the independence,
whilst secretly mourning the loss of dependence.
Then the day comes, when you find something carefully placed on the top shelf of a fridge/freezer.
A shelf you don't use from choice, because it is difficult for you to reach.
The first time you assume that it is a mistake and move it lower down the fridge.
When it happens again,
you understand the declaration of independance.
"I am using the top shelf just because I can!"
and you smile,
because you silently rejoice in this small triumph,
and recognise the perfect placing of the pilchard pot
as another stage on the route to maturity.