Nothing makes a parent’s heart melt quite like their baby’s first, tottering steps into the safety of their loving arms. Enjoy those moments because as soon as your kids master walking, they start to run – away from you.
When they are babies, we are our children’s entire world. Then the tentative steps of the toddler leads them to the wonderful, terrifying discovery that the world is much bigger than Mommy and Daddy. How much bigger dawns on them when they step into the great unknown of their first classroom. Life moves forward in leaps and bounds once school starts and your baby’s feet are firmly set on the path of their own destiny.
Time is a juggernaut gaining speed at an alarming rate – junior high, high school, and college, up and up and out.
Our baby boarded a jet plane bound for England yesterday. She’ll experience a semester abroad before starting her senior year in college. My first blog post was about the pain of sending her off to college, and now we’re looking at the end of that leg of her life’s journey. How can that be? She was a 4-year-old traveling in her cardboard box time machine barely a day before that. Good God, what’s next? Will I be waving goodbye tomorrow as she boards the space shuttle?
My husband and I have raised two girls into young women who are our pride and joy. Now they are taking giant leaps forward into their own brave, new worlds. They strike out full of confidence and bright, shining dreams for their futures. I am so proud.
It’s every parent’s hope that their children will be able to stand on their own, two feet. But it’s the ironic truth that if you do your job right, they’ll use those feet to walk away from you. That’s how it’s supposed to be. You revel in their independence and at the same time, oh, how you miss them.