And not just because she rides the school bus with high schoolers.
She's growing up.
Toys are scarce on her Christmas list.
The encroachment of fashions and accessories have pushed them into endangered territory.
And yet, the Ittybit she used to be hop-skipped off the bus today -- past the seniors and sophomores - and into my arms wearing a poinsettia ornament she'd made in art class with construction paper and a clothespin.