Friday, February 24, 2012

A Realization

FATHERS DAY 2011 026

If I had five bucks for each and every time my daughter has made it known that she can’t wait to be out of this house I would be a millionaire. Well, maybe not a millionaire, but I definitely could have paid cash for her braces.


Like all teens she is very public about looking forward to growing up and gaining independence and, behind the rose-colored glasses of youth, she can get a little cocky about it at times, too.


A few nights ago, a day after registering for her final year of high school, I think the reality of growing up and what it means to be independent finally began to hit home, and my daughter, who can be a pretty relaxed, why-worry-about-it kind of girl, was scared.


Sitting in complete safety and comfort between her dad and me in bed, the questions, accompanied by very wet eyes, started…What if I don’t know for certain what I want to do? What if the job I think I would like to do takes me out of state? What if you change your mind once you’ve already taken several college classes? How do you even start going to college?


For each of us there is always that first time our glasses get a little cloudy. For Ren, it was Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.


Michelle said...

Awww....breaking out on your own in life is always scary. My son is a freshman and we are really just started the cocky attitude type of thing. *sigh* no fun

Heather said...

My daughter felt the same way about wanting to leave. Then, she started college, got a job, and quickly realized she could never afford to live any place but home! I know someday she'll be ready to be on her own, so in the meantime I am enjoying every moment with her!