Do They Have to Grow Up?
The Teen Years
I remember walking in the door from the hospital with my first child in tow, turning to my husband and asking him, "What do we do now?" That was fourteen years ago. That time has passed in the blink of an eye, literally. The days have been LONG, some longer than others, but those years have been short - too short in my opinion.
She is almost a grown-up and it is bittersweet. While I LOVE watching her grow up - she amazes me daily - I am so sad that there is little time left with here before she goes off into the world. I have so much I still want to tell her, so much I still want her to learn, so much she has yet to experience....so much.....
She will be driving next year as a student driver. This is SOOOOO bittersweet. While I cannot wait for her to have a license because it will be such a HUGE help, it is very SCARY, because I will have a teenage driver next summer!! ACK!!
She cannot wait for this priviledge. She is bursting out of her skin because she thinks this is so cool and it will be awesome. I want to tell her to slow down and enjoy her life now while she dreams of next summer. I want her to enjoy her life for what it is now - carefree and filled with idle days in the sun, playing (or should I say hanging out) with her friends. Once she starts driving, there will be car insurance, safety, speed limits to follow, etc.... She will have to get a job to pay for gas (I don't even want to think of what gas will cost next summer!). Her life will be consumed with a lot more worries than what she has now.
She will really have to grow up. Driving a car is a HUGE responsibility. There are no do-overs in a car crash. There is no note from Mom when you get a ticket. There are no second chances. She will have to be responsible and be mature. Yikes! All that in a year!!
So, when I tell her to enjoy herself, I really mean it. When all those responsibilities come around, there will be less time for messing around. Less time for hanging with friends, less time for sleeping in, and less time for all of those things that she will long for as an adult (I still long for nap time).
These are the things that keep me up at night, praying for my children. Praying that they will do what is right, they will learn their life lessons, sooner than later, and that they will be good people that love and serve God.
So, when she had a friend over the other day and I caught them playing with the little one's magnets and making silly things on the door, my heart did a little flip. I can relax a little, because I see that she is still having fun and enjoying her life with her friends. She is being a kid, which makes me happy. I still have my little girl....at least til next summer!