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Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Age of Innocence

In a few short days, I will be the mom to an official teen. My oldest turns 13 this month.

I am having a hard time not thinking about how quickly time has flown. Those first several years seem to go by sweetly slow. I enjoyed having this young child and watching her grow...again, slowly.

But the last few years? Man, they have flown. I still remember elementary school as though it were yesterday and now, she is finishing seventh grade. And soon, she'll be in high school and perhaps college, and then out on her own in the world.

It's depressing. And it's monumental.

I can also reflect on my younger self, her age. I can remember so many moments of my life at her age and I am so happy for her, to be in this prime of her life, with so much of her future ahead of her and how open it is. She can do anything she wants (theoretically)..."the world is her oyster".

Last night was honors night at her middle school. Two years in a row and we've had the pleasure of being guests on a night to celebrate how well she has done all year. The guest speaker was a young lady graduating from Broughton high school; an alumnus from Daniels. She had an amazing speech, which really hit me hard -- in a good way. She spoke to them about being young, enjoying the new adventure of 8th grade or for many, high school (this was a 7th and 8th grade honors night). She told them to be bright: read. Read anything and everything. She told them to 'be the kind of person your dog thinks you are' (I used to have that bumper sticker) and to contribute to the community as a habit and not a hassle. I hope someone puts her speech on youtube. I can only imagine how proud her parents must be...as I am of CJ.

Now if I can get through those moments where CJ is laying out, in the sun, "tanning", with her bikini butt out there for all to see. I am not sure how I am going to survive. What other drugs are out there???

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