Spend time with them; enjoy them; listen to them; and love them.
They are the most incredible people, these emerging adults,
and they can become the best friends you'll ever have."
~Diana Waring, Reaping the Harvest. The Bounty of Abundant-Life Homeschooling~
Wow. I can hardly believe it. My precious first-born son is now 18 years old. Where did the time go? Wise, older parents predicted this when my children were toddlers and I was walking around looking weary. "Just wait, the older they get, the faster the years go by. You'll look back someday when he is 18, and say, 'Where did the time go?'"
And now he is 18.
He's still got one more semester of high school to finish, and then a 2 year Associates' Degree program, so he'll stick around for a bit! But we are beginning the "release." On Friday, we went to the Chicago Auto Show to look at and sit in all the small to mid-size pick up trucks. This was Bryan's Auto Show year (last year was mine, we went to check out all the station wagons, and then hit CarMax to find the one we liked as a used vehicle). He loves the Chevy Silverado, but doesn't need it yet, so he'll settle for the Toyota Tacoma. Next step will be the search on CarMax, and then the big purchase!
Honestly, I LOVE this time of life. I LOVE watching Bryan yearn for his adulthood to come into full play. I LOVE seeing him "flap his wings" in preparation for "taking off." We don't parent our teens for 18 years to cry and whimper and hold tight with all our might. We parent them so they can GO...go and do great things for the Kingdom of God. I am so excited for him. SO excited!
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